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The best place to watch the new Star Wars movie? In space, of course


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The best place to watch the new Star Wars movie? In space, of course
The other day, we discussed the fact that I’m a big fan of the space program. I was born in the waning days of the Apollo program and NASA’s efforts have been a big part of my life ever since.  That also means that I arrived on Earth in the very, very, early days of the 1970’s. So, I was just about to turn six when the first Star Wars movie came out in 1977.

Like pretty much everyone my age, I can tell you where I saw it, who I was with, and just how mind-blown I was by the entire experience.

Tonight, there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out.  “The Last Jedi” is going to be the centerpiece of date night with my wife, since our little one is still a bit young for it. Like most people, we’re heading to our local multiplex. However, for a few really, really, lucky folks, there’s a better place to visit the galaxy far far away.

How about somewhere like, oh I don’t know, “space.”

According to the Washington Post, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be enjoying a very special screening…

Very few details are available, but NASA spokesman Daniel Huot confirmed that the International Space Station crew will watch “The Last Jedi” in orbit. There’s no timeline yet on when the screening will be. “The Last Jedi,” the second of the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy following “The Force Awakens,” which was released in 2015, comes out in theaters Friday.

It’s not unusual for astronauts aboard the ISS to have movie nights. Huot said astronauts typically receive digital files that they play on a laptop or a standard projector.

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted about one movie night in 2015:

 

Those of us here on Earth will just have to imagine what it’s like when our twin 1970’s obsessions collide. Though, I’m guessing Star Wars will be considerably less terrifying on the ISS than a movie about a space station disaster. ...That’s a bit like watching “ALIVE” as your in-flight movie.

 

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