NASA is confirming that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be screened for astronauts at the International Space Station. The release of a new Star Wars film is a holiday unto itself for devout fans. Many have taken the day off from work and are keeping their kids home from school in order to see The Last Jedi on the day of its release. Some cosplaying fans are even dressing up as their favorite characters while attending a screening!
While the film has yet to hit theaters in the United States, one devoted group of Star Wars fans has already won the bragging rights competition among those who would boast about how soon and where they got to see The Last Jedi. The fact that they managed to persuade their bosses to let them watch the movie while at work is, to quote Darth Vader himself, "Impressive... Most impressive." The fact that their workplace is in outer space is even more impressive.
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Spaceflight reporter Robin Seemangal broke the news on his Twitter account. Seemangal said:
"I received confirmation from Disney and NASA sources that the crew aboard the International Space Station will be screening Star Wars: The Last Jedi. More details soon."
NASA subsequently confirmed the news to Inverse, via the following official statement from NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot:
“[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit. Don’t have a definitive timeline yet. They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard.”
Constructed through the combined efforts of NASA and their counterparts in Canada, Japan, The Russian Federation, and the eleven member states of the European Space Agency, The International Space Station (or ISS) is the crowning achievement of humanity's travels into space. Housing a crew of six astronauts, the space station is the size of an American football field. Although construction on the ISS was not completed until 2011, it has housed a full crew every day of its operation since it was first activated in 2000.
One bit of information that remains unclear is just how The Last Jedi is being delivered to The ISS. One possibility is that a hard copy will be delivered via the SpaceX Dragon Capsule, which is due to make a supply run to the ISS on Friday, December 15. Another is that the movie will be transmitted as a digital file.
The one bit of good news in this for Star Wars fans trapped on Earth is that they will probably get to see The Last Jedi before the astronauts on the International Space Station do. Still, the dream of being able to watch the latest Star Wars movie while floating among the stars themselves is a powerful one and many a die-hard fan would probably trade their back-row center, first showing opening-night ticket for such a chance.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019