In just a few days, audiences around the world will get to marvel at Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will get to watch the latest Star Wars flick literally in low Earth Orbit, a NASA official confirms to Inverse.
Spaceflight reporter Robin Seemangal broke the news earlier today on Twitter.
“I received confirmation from Disney and NASA sources that the crew aboard the International Space Station will be screening Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” he wrote.
Inverse followed up with NASA to find out more details, and while info is still thin, a spokesperson said the movie will be shown on the ISS.
“[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit,” NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot told Inverse. “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.”
Diehard Star Wars bought their tickets weeks and even months ago, causing delays on Fandango back in October. While millions of people will no doubt flock to theaters on Thursday, there’s definitely no better way to watch Star Wars than hurtling through space. Sorry, but that’s honestly metal as hell.
It’s possible that the movie will be sent inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule that’s headed to the ISS on Friday.
The good news is for us doomed to remain on Earth, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is getting overwhelmingly positive reviews. I guess we’ll all have to settle for watching an incredible movie on terra firma. Sigh.