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.