The Last Jedi is all set to hit cinemas all over the world this week, but it will also be screened in one extremely appropriate venue off-planet, the International Space Station.
ISS astronauts are definitely in for a treat!
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.
“[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," he added.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of the most anticipated film releases of the year. The film is the sequel to 2015’s popular Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is directed by Rian Johnson. It premiered in Los Angeles last week but will find its way to theaters across the U.S. on December 15.
But it looks like that the astronauts might not get a big-screen experience. According to NASA officials, screening a film at the ISS means watching a digital copy on a notebook computer or one of the onboard projectors.
The spokesperson told Inverse that NASA still doesn’t have a “definitive timeline” for when the movie will be available to the astronauts, but they will receive it as a digital file uploaded from Earth. They’ll then be able to watch it on their laptops or with an on-board projector.
Since we don’t know when the movie will be screened at the ISS and given the fact that most of the astronauts onboard are very active on Twitter, it will be interesting to see if spoilers from the earth reach them before the screening.
Information source: mashable