On December 15th, just days before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered in theaters, British astronaut Tim Peake, US astronaut Timothy Kopra, and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko launched a mission to the International Space Station. The crew is scheduled to stay aboard the ISS for seven months, meaning they would likely have to wait to catch “Episode VII” on DVD, a true bummer for any real-life space explorer.
Fortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case. As ComicBook.com points out, Peake responded to a follower’s tweet to reveal that “The Force Awakens” will have a screening in space aboard the ISS. The tweet is dated December 12th, so it’s highly possible the crew has already seen the film. Either way, there’s probably no more appropriate place to watch the latest entry in the “Star Wars” saga than surrounded by the infinite blackness of space itself, the blue ball of Earth spinning silent beneath you.
— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) December 12, 2015
Directed by J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars franchise veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow. It’s in theaters now, and in space soon.
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