The Force Awakens Is Even Playing in Space

There's just no escaping Star Wars
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2015 12:30 PM CST
The Force Awakens Is Even Playing in Space
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station hug it out, probably after realizing they'll be able to watch "The Force Awakens" hundreds of miles away from anyone in a Chewbacca costume.   (NASA via AP)

For anyone wondering if there's anywhere they can go to escape Star Wars-mania, the answer appears to be a resounding no. reports even astronauts orbiting 250 miles above the Earth will be watching the much-hyped The Force Awakens. "I am told that Star Wars will be waiting for us up there," British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted before launching on his journey to ISS on Tuesday. "What a place to watch it!" According to, Saturday is typically movie night on the space station, which had a theater system installed recently. The ongoing adventures of Chewie, Han, and the rest will be briefly distracting the ISS' six-person crew from performing "various science experiments benefiting life on Earth," ABC News reports. (More Star Wars stories.)

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