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Astronauts used SpaceX Crew-1 Baby Yoda for the zero gravity index

Many science fiction and Star Wars fans completely agree with us that The Mandalorian is the best thing to happen in the Star Wars universe in years. While Mando is definitely a point of attraction, as many people as “The Child” or Baby Yoda as is his. Interestingly, the astronauts on board the historic SpaceX Crew-1 mission secretly took Baby Yoda to space.

The crew is on board the ship Flexibility The capsule was launched last weekend and the spacecraft stuffed game was secretly released once it was in orbit. It was floating around the cabin in zero gravity. The goal of having Baby Yoda on board the spacecraft was to show people watching the mission online that the astronauts began to experience microgravity during their 27-hour flight to the International Space Station. To be sure, the astronauts aboard Crew-1 are not the first to use zero gravity indicators.

SpaceX astronauts in Demo-2 used a plush dinosaur called Tremor as a marker for Zero G. In that mission, the dinosaur was chosen by the sons of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. The astronauts aboard the Crew-1 Baby Yoda chose themselves.

The astronauts said it was a difficult year, and the fact that NASA and SpaceX were able to equip the spacecraft to take off and the rocket ready despite the pandemic and the difficulties that 2020 brought against everyone was an inspiration. Mission Commander Mike Hopkins says he thought that when everyone saw Baby Yoda, it would be difficult not to smile and it seemed appropriate.

Hopkins says Baby Yoda seemed to fit the crew, too. He says they liked having fun and that they were having a lot of fun. Hopkins said the ascent into space was tougher than what Baby Yoda used to ride.

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