Using a laptop and a projector, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will go to a galaxy not so far away -- but a few hundred miles up. As reported by Inverse, The Last Jedi will be making its way to the International Space Station.
“The crew will be able to watch it on orbit,” NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot confirmed, though the astronauts “don’t have a definitive timeline yet” for when they'll receive the movie. This also isn’t out of the ordinary for the station; as cool as it is to watch a sci-fi movie in space, there’s an “extensive digital library of more than 500 titles, including … Aliens [and] 2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Huot explained that ISS crew members “typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard.”
While fans around the world will be waiting in line to check out Luke's latest adventure, the ISS crew will get to kick back in the comfort of their own habitat and enjoy Disney's tentpole sci-fi flick. Considering they're hurtling around the Earth in orbit, Hollywood probably doesn't have to worry too much about bootlegging.
Those on board the ISS already have a Star Wars-themed mission patch for their non-NASA research, so it would make sense the Lucasfilm partnership would extend to the year’s new movie. Whether they’ll like it remains to be seen, but if The Last Jedi’s stellar Rotten Tomatoes score is any indication, our astronauts are in for a good time.