There is NO escaping the Star Wars hysteria. Disney is clearly not content with taking over the world; the film is going to be broadcast, quite fittingly, on the International Space Station in a galaxy (not so) far away.
What a Place to Watch!
British Astronaut Tim Peake recently sky-rocketed to the ISS which, for a movie fan, could've seemed like poor timing. He narrowly missed out on the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (trailer above).
However, when asked on Twitter whether he was gutted to be missing out, Tim confirmed that astronauts will receive a special screening:
Is there anything cooler than a bunch of astronauts watching the latest Star Wars movie while floating around our planet, and gazing out to multiple galaxies first hand? Probably not.
Peake, 43, who is a former Army Air Corps officer and helicopter test pilot, has joined the ISS to help assist with important repairs. He becomes the first British astronaut to be employed by a space agency.
Journey to Mars
Before any non-Star Wars fans moan about special treatment, the screening isn't the first aboard the ISS. The station was treated to an advanced screening of The Martian, a month before its release on Earth. Astronaut Kjell Lindgren tweeted photos of them enjoying the film:
Although whether a movie about an astronaut that gets stranded on a foreign planet is the best choice of flick to watch while, well, in space, is questionable.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has had a massive opening following its release on December 18th, breaking US records, and could be on course to become the highest grossing movie of all time.