ISS Astronauts Win for Coolest Star Wars: The Last Jedi Screening Location: Outer Space
Astronauts: confirmed best nerds.
We’re all gearing up to finally see The Last Jedi and get our fix of Rey’s continued journey, Poe x Finn, Carrie Fisher, and (finally) Mark Hamill back in action—except for Kaila, who’s seen it already and is sworn to spoiler secrecy—at various points this weekend, and we’re not the only ones. Even the ISS astronauts are getting ready to host their own screening in the movie’s natural habitat: space.
The Verge reports that astronauts already have plenty of movie options to keep them occupied up where no one can hear them scream, but that setup can be used for new movies, as well, which they can receive in digital files. As NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot told Inverse,
“[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.”
Hopefully their rather immediate example of how things really work in space doesn’t interfere with their suspension of disbelief, because otherwise, reviews so far make it sound like The Last Jedi is excellent. The astronauts should be careful, though. If word spreads too far, they could wind up in a Parks and Rec situation where everyone wants their favorite movie screened in space.
I’m just glad they don’t have to miss out until they return to Earth, though. The wait has been excruciating enough—not even rigorous NASA training could prepare you for that kind of mental torture.
(via The Verge, image: Disney/Lucasfilm)
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