Star Trek beamed to International Space Station

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Insert your own "boldly going" and "where no one has gone before" joke here: Paramount beamed a copy of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek to NASA's Mission Control in Houston, which then uplinked the movie to the International Space Station, where astronaut Michael Barrat and two crewmates will watch it while orbiting 220 miles above Earth.

Barratt plans to watch the film on a laptop computer inside the Unity module.

"I remember watching the original Star Trek series and, like many of my NASA co-workers, was inspired by the idea of people from all nations coming together to explore space," Barratt said in a statement provided by Paramount. "Star Trek blended adventure, discovery, intelligence and story telling that assumes a positive future for humanity. The International Space Station is a real step in that direction, with many nations sharing in an adventure the world can be proud of."

This is not the first screening aboard the craft: There is a collection of DVDs and uplinked movies aboard the space station, some of which were delivered during previous shuttle and station missions and which will remain aboard for the enjoyment of future crews.

It's not even the first time Star Trek has screened in space: Former station astronaut Greg Chamitoff and his crewmates viewed the entire Star Trek series as a regular weekly event.

More earthbound fans can still catch Star Trek in movie theaters and IMAX, where it is now playing.