Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas around the world this week, but it’ll also be showing in one extremely appropriate venue off-planet: the International Space Station.
Astronauts will be able to watch the new Star Wars in orbit a few hundred miles above the surface of the Earth using one of the laptops or projector onboard the space station. Space reporter Robin Seemangal tweeted the news last night, with a spokesperson for NASA confirming the plans to Inverse.
“[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.”
Watching films onboard the ISS is not unusual, and the space station is stocked with an extensive digital library of more than 500 titles, including classics and newer hits. (As you’d expect, there’s plenty of sci-fi — from Aliens to 2001: A Space Odyssey.) Astronauts can watch films on their days off, while they’re working out on the station’s treadmill, or just during movie nights, as astronaut Scott Kelly showed in 2015:
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) 25 April 2015
Just remember: we don’t know when The Last Jedi will be showing onboard the ISS, and as some astronauts are regular Twitter users, let’s try to keep those spoilers to a minimum.
References: The Verge