Including toys in SpaceX space travel has a long tradition.
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The live broadcast of the start of the Crew Dragon from Spacex November 15th on the way to the International Space Station (ISS) is always an event. It creates a lot of excitement and anticipation as to what will happen, this time of course this was not the exception, mainly because five, not four, crew members were seen.
The astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins and the Jaxa specialist Soichi Noguchi from Japan had a very special companion: “Baby Yoda”. The popular character from the series “The Mandalorian “It was seen in the form of a stuffed animal in the video of the ship.
Baby Yoda has arrived on the space station with the NASA crew. All good pic.twitter.com/3ywEIWVsJS
– BibliotecaJedi (@bibliotecaJedi) 17th November 2020
Bringing toys on board is a tradition on every Elon Musk SpaceX trip. Last May, when the first manned voyage was undertaken by a private company, NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken transported a small, brightly colored dinosaur they named “Tremor” that their children had chosen. In addition, in 2019, when the test trip with the Crew Dragon was carried out, there was a doll in the shape of the planet earth, which was baptized as “Buddy” on the ship.
The dolls are an indicator of weightlessness to confirm that the earth has been abandoned, but in addition to their function, they steal hearts, laughter, and expressions of amazement.
“We have Baby Yoda on board” It’s one now @ SpaceX Tradition of bringing a “weightlessness indicator” toy aboard spaceships. The first was a plush earthen doll and the second was a glittering dinosaur toy. #ZeroG @POT pic.twitter.com/hlruZzUJ1s
– ＬＵＩＧＩ ＰＩＺＺＩＭＥＮＴＩ (@LuigiPizzimenti) November 16, 2020
An example of this is that every toy that goes into space sells out within a few hours of being launched. What we hope the same happened to little ‘Baby Yoda’, an already popular character.
May the Force be with the Crew Dragon astronauts!