Baby Yoda has finally, actually gone to space in real life — but not with the Mandalorian. Instead, he’s out in the stars with some real-life astronauts.
On Sunday, NASA history was made after a SpaceX spacecraft carrying four astronauts launched into the atmosphere. For NASA officials, it marks an important first step in keeping the International Space Station adequately staffed — and it’s also one of the first human-staffed launches coming out of the United States in quite some time.
The crew should dock at the ISS on Monday, November 16 by 11 p.m. or so. It is momentous stuff, the first time an American spacecraft is taking astronauts to space in quite some time, and it had a bit of a rocky start. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was diagnosed with COVID-19, which forced NASA to conduct contact tracing to ensure none of the astronauts or staff at NASA had come into contact with Musk or had been exposed to the deadly virus.
Still, the launch went off without a hitch, and the astronauts brought along a special co-astronaut whose journeys through the stars have been chronicled and streamed on Disney+. Who is the astronaut guest, you ask? None other than The Child, otherwise known as Baby Yoda. And apparently, according to CNET, The Child played an important role in the astronauts’ ascent to the stars.
— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) November 16, 2020
Baby Yoda might be everyone’s favorite meme, but for the Crew-1 mission astronauts, he became the “gravity indicator” on their historic flight. That meant that Baby Yoda (or rather, a stuffed animal version of The Child) had to float for the astronauts on the crew to confirm they had hit zero gravity. So in real life, and in the world of the Mandalorian, of Star Wars, of Rey and Kenobi, The Child has gone to space. He’s really hitting all the bases here.