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NASA took Baby Yoda to space on the SpaceX

NASA better hope that the Mandalorian doesn’t coming looking for the Child.

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A photo from “The Mandalorian” episode 2 “The Passenger” with Baby Yoda.

A photo from “The Mandalorian” episode 2 “The Passenger” with Baby Yoda.

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SpaceX launched four astronauts into space toward the International Space Station Sunday — but they weren’t alone. Baby Yoda went with them.

What’s going on?

Commander Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker from NASA and Soichi Noguchi from Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency traveled to space on Sunday, according to USA Today.

  • The astronauts brought Baby Yoda — a beloved character from “The Mandalorian”
    — with them for the ride.
  • You can see a plush Baby Yoda tucked into the photo of the crew below.

Why did they bring Baby Yoda?

  • TechCrunch reports the Baby Yoda doll is a “zero-gravity indicator,” which is often a small object that can float in the spacecraft. The astronauts use the device to make sure that they’ve reached space since gravity goes away.
  • The entire journey is expected to take 27.5 hours, so they’ll likely reach the station sometime Monday, according to Mashable. The crew will be there for six months.
  • “It’s unknown whether Baby Yoda will have a vital job once the crew reaches the ISS. At the very least he’ll help keep morale up,” according to Mashable.