On Sunday night, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket headed into space from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Onboard was NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker as well as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Soichi Noguchi.
But they weren’t alone, as they brought “Baby Yoda” plush doll from the smash-hit Disney+ series, Star Wars: The Mandalorian, with them, as the plush
could be seen floating around the cabin during a livestream.
“We’ve got Baby Yoda on board trying to take a seat right now,” the NASA communications specialist Leah Cheshier said in the agency’s livestream of the mission.
“I think that’s Victor Glover’s seat, so I hope he doesn’t mind,” the SpaceX engineer Jessica Anderson responded.
“Maybe Baby Yoda’s trying to pilot the vehicle,” Cheshier added.
Using a small plush toy is a tradition used by astronauts as a “zero-gravity indicators.”
Baby Yoda will be docking at the International Space Station on Monday evening, where the he’ll stay with the astronauts for about six months, as part of the longest human spaceflight in NASA history.
What would plush would you take up into space with you?