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Space Station astronauts watched 'The Last Jedi' from orbit 240 miles above Earth

The Cygnus spacecraft is pictured approaching its capture point before the Canadarm2 robotic arm controlled by astronauts Paolo Nespoli and Randy Bresnik grappled it on Nov 14, 2017.The Cygnus spacecraft is pictured approaching its capture point before the Canadarm2 robotic arm controlled by astronauts Paolo Nespoli and Randy Bresnik grappled it on Nov 14, 2017.Image: NASA2016%2f09%2f15%2f9c%2fhttpsd2mhye01h4nj2n.cloudfront.netmediazgkymde1lzaz.949e4By Andrew Freedman2017-12-24 17:28:22 UTC

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station watched Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi while in orbit about 240 miles above Earth on Saturday. 

A picture posted to Twitter from NASA astronaut Mar. T. Vande Hei shows five of the six current occupants of the station gathered around a screen, watching what appears to be a scene from the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise. 

Although Vande Hei doesn't specify that the movie is The Last Jedi, space.com pointed out that the image on the screen appears to show X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, played by the actor Oscar Isaac. Isaac played the same role in The Force Awakens, but we're pretty sure this is a scene from the newest film. 

NASA previously said the Space Station crew would be able to screen the new film using a laptop or a projector already aboard. Usually, the crew obtains films as digital files. 

"They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard," NASA's Dan Huot told Mashable on Dec. 13. The Last Jedi opened in theaters on Dec. 15.

Watching films onboard the ISS is part of regular life aboard the orbiting laboratory. The Space Station has a digital library of films, including space-based sci-fi like Aliens and Gravity. 

Astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year aboard the ISS beginning in 2015, revealed more about what movie night is like in a zero gravity environment during his extended stay in orbit. 

So far there's no word on what the astronauts thought of the porgs. 

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