The force is strong with this team of four NASA astronauts who arrived at the International Space Station with a tiny passenger – plush baby iodine.
Dragon Commander Mike Hopkins, physicist Shannon Walker, Fleet Commander. Victor Glover, Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi and the little sensation from the Disney Plus show “The Mandalorian” were greeted with open arms as they sailed to the ISS late Monday.
The honorary astronaut – also known as the “Child” in the Star Wars Division – actually has a traditional role as what is known as the “zero G indicator”, a small object that the crew uses to determine when their spacecraft has reached Wednesday of microgravity, reported by The Verge.
Yoda was seen rocking freely as the crew dragon detached from its Falcon 9 rocket on its way to the space station.
“We have Baby Yoda on board who is trying to take a seat right now,”
“I think this is Victor Glover’s headquarters, so I hope you don’t mind,” said SpaceX engineer Jessica Anderson.
“Maybe Baby Yoda is trying to drive,” Cheshire said.
SpaceX astronauts have made plush friends before, including in March 2019, when SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted a test launch featuring a doll named Buddy, CNN reported.
“A super high-tech zero g indicator has been added just before launch!” He wrote, adding that the toy “will be carried in zero gravity.”
And in May 2020, astronauts Bob Benken and Doug Hurley also brought with them a plush dinosaur named Tremor, which their sons chose, according to The Verge.
Both Buddy and Tremor quickly sold out in stores after they appeared in orbit.
It was unclear which of the many plush baby iodines on the market was aboard the Crew Dragon, Business Insider reported.
“I wonder if we can’t hear a little more about that later, this choice, but does it seem like another crew member is dealing with them,” Anderson said.