COUNCIL CHRONICLE – The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) is on track to enjoy a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest installment in the famous space saga. NASA revealed that the crew would eventually be able to see the film on the space station, but the actual screening has not yet been definitively scheduled.
The Latest Star Wars Movie to be Watched Among the Stars
The astronauts on board the ISS have access to an extensive library of popular television shows and films like Die Hard and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, among many others.
Now, they will also get to watch the latest Star Wars movie. The planned screening of the new film continues the tradition of watching the Star Wars series in space.
In 2015, astronauts were able to enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens from their position in low Earth orbit. The same year, the crew also screened the space-themed Gravity. This movie was partially set on a CGI version of the real space station.
The latest Star Wars movie will likely be screened after the next crew of astronauts arrives on the station. Three additional crew members are scheduled to reach the ISS on December 19. They will supplement two American astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut already onboard.
The next crew members represent the United States, Russia, and Japan. They will be testing new methods of manufacturing fiber optic cables in space. Also, they will look to evaluate the effects of a new experimental medicine designed to combat the effects of muscle atrophy. The three new crewmates will remain on the station until April 2018.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been one of the most anticipated films of 2017. It was released on December 15 to positive critical reviews. The movie set a new record for ticket pre-sales on Fandango and grossed $450 million worldwide in its opening weekend.