The Jakarta Post
A still from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' (Lucasfilm Ltd./File)
The eighth episode of the Star Wars series is set for release in cinemas worldwide this week, but it will also be screened in an unexpected but entirely appropriate location: the International Space Station.
Hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface, astronauts will watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in orbit, using devices on board the space station, as reported by The Verge.
The news was first revealed in a tweet by Robin Seemangal, and a spokesperson for NASA subsequently confirmed it to Inverse.
I received confirmation from Disney and NASA sources that the crew aboard the International Space Station will be screening Star Wars: The Last Jedi.— Robin Seemangal (@nova_road) December 12, 2017
More details soon.
NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot told the digital media brand, “[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it in orbit. We 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 on board.”
The space station contains a digital library of more than 500 titles, so one would imagine that watching movies on board is a common activity. Astronauts can watch movies on days off, while they’re exercising on the treadmill at the space station or during movie nights.
The rest of us can catch the box office hit in cinemas all over the world. (afr/kes)