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NASA Will Screen The Last Jedi On The International Space Station

Our IMAX tickets seem pretty lousy in comparison to this. 

Ahead of the official launch of The Last Jedi, which will open wide on Friday, Disney and NASA have confirmed an extra-special screening of the latest Star Wars flick: Astronauts will get to watch it aboard the International Space Station. 

Spaceflight reporter Robin Seemangal of NASA's Kennedy Space Center broke the news on Twitter, writing, "I received confirmation from Disney and NASA sources that the crew aboard the International Space Station will be screening Star Wars: The Last Jedi." 

NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot later confirmed to Inverse that the screening will indeed take place, and offered a bit more insight into how it will actually work on the International Space Station, which is currently in low Earth orbit. "[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit," said Huot. "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."

Though catching a movie while on the International Space Station isn't out of the ordinary, as astronauts have access to a huge digital library that houses more than 500 titles (with plenty of sci-fi picks like Aliens and 2001: A Spacey Odyssey) and have even watched a screening of Gravity on the station's HD projector, there's something truly special about the idea of seeing the eighth episode of the Skywalker saga while in space. Plus, the astronauts don't have to worry about scoring a good seat, waiting in long lines for popcorn, or sitting through a ton of trailers before the opening crawl appears.  

Those of us on Earth can see the film in theaters on December 15.