Three NASA astronauts and one JAXA astronaut are headed to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule, after successfully launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida last night.
A zero-G indicator signals to the astronauts that they've reached weightlessness in space.
Last night, four astronauts strapped into SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft and left Earth behind. As the astronauts made their way to the International Space Station, eagle-eyed viewers watching NASA's livestream caught sight of a small stowaway that floated into view: Baby Yoda.
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The Crew-1 astronauts selected a Baby Yoda toy to be their zero-gravity indicator. A zero-G indicator is a small object that signals when the crew has entered microgravity.
Technically, the term is a misnomer, because the astronauts remain in Earth's orbit and under its gravitational pull. Might we suggest Micro-G indicator instead?
Baby Yoda is heading to the International Space Station on SpaceX's Crew Dragon. pic.twitter.com/6MFG1G0YT6
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Astronauts usually choose a small item of personal significance to fill the zero-G indicator role. For their historic mission in May, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley let their young sons choose the zer0-G indicator, a small apatosaurus plushie named Tremor. Other missions have selected toy unicorns, toy puppies, and a plushie shaped like planet Earth.
Baby Yoda (formally known as The Child) took the world by storm last year after the adorable creature debuted in the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Now, Baby Yoda is everywhere ... even in space.
Let's hope The Force stays with the astronauts of the Crew Dragon Resilience as they continue their journey to the ISS.
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