In a few days, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit the cinemas and people across the globe will be flocking to the theatres to watch the latest instalment of the series's new trilogy. But no matter how hard they try, they won't have the best seats to watch the movie — something like a show while floating 350km above Earth.
On December 13, spaceflight reporter Robin Seemangal tweeted Nasa will be screening the latest Star Wars movie to astronauts aboard the International Space Station, which is hurtling in low-Earth orbit at 17,000kmph.
As the news broke, a spokesperson from the agency confirmed the plan and its Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot told Inverse, "[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit."
The idea of watching a Star Wars flick in space sounds interesting, but it is worth noting this won't be the first movie for the astronauts.
As The Verge reports, ISS has got over 500 new and old titles and astronauts could watch these movies during their day-offs or during movie-nights. The latest movie will likely be shown on a laptop or on a projector aboard ISS – similar to the one astronaut Scott Kelly showcased in 2015.
So far, there's no official word on when the movie will be shown, but it is highly plausible that Nasa will be sending it with the SpaceX's Dragon capsule which will be heading towards space station on Friday.
"Don't have a definitive timeline yet," Huot added. "They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard."