Latest: Baby Yoda Goes To Space In SpaceX Capsule. Watch
SpaceX’s newly-launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring. And with them travelled Baby Yoda – the creature from The Mandalorian who won hearts with his cuteness. A Baby Yoda plush toy was sent into space along with four astronauts on SpaceX’s second-ever crewed flight.
On May 31, Elon Musk’s SpaceX had become the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit
This time, the Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The linkup occurred 262 miles (422 kilometers) above Idaho.
Footage of Baby Yoda bouncing alongside the four astronauts – Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi – is winning hearts on social media. The toy can be seen in a live-stream from inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.
— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) November 16, 2020
Footage of the adorable toy has gone viral on social media, with thousands of people gushing over it.
Scroll to :33 right now. Baby Yoda is in space yall. ???? https://t.co/bcHjSccASc
— Stacey Spivey (@staceyspivey) November 17, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Baby Yoda is now in the International Space Station. He floated his way on. pic.twitter.com/inUCxtCkuI
— Cory Smith (@wxcory) November 17, 2020
This isn’t the first time that astronauts have brought stuffed toys with them to space . These toys are often used as gravity indicators.
In May, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken entered the International Space Station on SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, carrying with them a shiny, stuffed dinosaur plush toy. When these toys start floating, it indicates that the astronauts have reached zero gravity.
Michael Hopkins and his crew – Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi – join two Russians and one American who flew to the space station last month from Kazakhstan.
The three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will remain at the orbiting lab until their replacements arrive on another Dragon in April. And so it will go, with SpaceX – and eventually Boeing – transporting astronauts to and from the station for NASA.
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