How NASA Screened 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' for Astronauts In Space


Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened in thousands of cinemas around the world this past December to an international and extensive audience of diehard fans and sci-fi enthusiasts alike.

And, in a bid to ensure no one person (or alien lifeform) missed out on the excitement, NASA decided to host a screening of the film in space – a familiar galaxy not too far away at all.

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), about 220 miles above Earth, received a copy of the new Star Wars in the run-up to Christmas.

Writing on Twitter, NASA's Mark T. Vande Hei said their intergalactic "movie night" came complete with "bungee cord chairs" and even "drink bags" (but sadly, no popcorn).

In the image shared online, the film looks to have been screened via a projector-laptop combo.

Spaceflight reporter Robin Seemangal unveiled the news on Twitter earlier in December, insisting that sources had claimed the crew would be screening the latest instalment of the sequel trilogy.

An official NASA spokesperson also discussed the off-planet release in an interview with Inverse.

"[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit," NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot told the magazine; but at the time said there was no "definitive timeline" on when it would be shown.

"They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard."

While there is no confirmed interstellar release date (or whether any stars will make it to the premiere) it is possible the film will be sent up to the ISS on Friday, inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived on December 15 in both US and UK cinemas.

The Guardian has praised the film as an "explosive thrill-ride of galactic proportions" that possesses "a tidal wave of energy and emotion".

And Digital Spy describes newcomer Rose Tico (portrayed by American actress Kelly Marie Tran) is a "woman of the people" who they predict will "tear up Tumblr like nobody's business".