NASA astronauts watch 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in space

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station got a private screening of the new Star Wars film over the holiday weekend.

Disney sent “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” into space using an uplink at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, according to a NASA press release. The company did the same for "The Force Awakens" two years ago.


“Expedition 54 crew members … look forward to watching the science fiction saga at their leisure while they’re living and working aboard the orbiting laboratory that will enable human and robotic exploration of galaxies far, far away,” NASA said in its release.

Mark Vande Hei, a flight engineer for ISS expedition 54, tweeted a photo of his fellow crew members watching the film in “bungee cord chairs” and holding drink bags.

The release also highlighted current NASA projects that the agency says aren’t too far off from what Star Wars fans might see in the new film.

“Somewhere in the Star Wars galaxy there are likely plans to build a new rebel outpost,” the release said. “NASA’s concept for a deep space gateway would be the agency’s first crew-tended spaceport near the Moon … Perhaps one day scavengers on Saturn will find remnants of the Cassini spacecraft, or humans will look fondly back on Earth from a planet like Jakku.”