The force is strong with this team of four NASA astronauts who arrived at the International Space Station with a small stowaway – a plush baby Yoda.
Dragon Commander Mike Hopkins, physicist Shannon Walker, Navy Cmdr. Victor Glover was a little sensation from Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi and Disney Plus’ show “The Mandalorian” Welcomed with open arms Since they came to the ISS late on Monday.
Honorary astronauts – aka “The Child” in the “Star Wars” spin-off – are actually a traditional role, known as the “Zero G Indicator”, a small object that the crew determines Uses for when their spacecraft have arrived in the microgravity atmosphere, The Verge reported.
Yoda was seen bobbing freely when the crew dragon separated from its Falcon 9 rocket en route to the space station.
According to Business Insider, NASA communications expert Liah Cheshire said during a livestream, “Baby Yoda is being tried to take a seat right now.”
“I think this is Victor Glover’s seat, so I hope he has no objection,” said SpaceX engineer Jessica Anderson.
Cheshire replied, “Baby Yoda may be trying to drive the vehicle.”
SpaceX astronauts have brought along previously plush friends, including in March 2019, when SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted an image of a test launch that included a doll named Buddy, CNN reported.
“Super high-tech zero-G indicator added just before launch!” He wrote that the toy was “floating in zero gravity.”
And in May 2020, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley also came with a stuffed dinosaur named Tremor, which his sons took out according to The Verge.
Both Buddy and Tremor quickly sold out in stores after making their orbital appearance.
Business Insider said that it was unclear whether many of Baby Yoda’s plush in the market have been placed in the Crew Dragon.
“Wonder if we can hear about that later, a little more about that choice, but it seems that another crew member is walking around with them,” Anderson said.