The International Space Station Expedition 45 crew is headed to a galaxy far, far away… in this poster at least.
Astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, along with cosmonauts Mikhail Korniyenko, Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will be headed to the ISS this September. However, before they launch into orbit, the Expedition 45 crew decided to use the Force.
The crew posed in Jedi gear for the official poster titled “International Space Station Expedition XLV: The Science Continues.” In addition to their Jedi garb, the poster includes the mission’s official patch in the center. On the sides of the poster are a Russian Soyuz rocket and a European Automated Transfer Vehicle that will take the crew to the actual station (which is pictured above the crew.)
Lindgren came up with the idea for the poster. It was designed at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
This isn’t the first time NASA tapped into popular movies for publicity purposes. Past promotions were inspired by ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘Tron,’ The Beatles, ‘Star Trek,’ and ‘Harry Potter.’ The Expedition 42 crew used ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ for their poster. Additionally, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from ‘Return of the Jedi’ was aboard the Discovery’s STS-120 mission to the space station in 2007.
Expedition 45 ends in November, which means the crew members will be back just in time for the debut of ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.’