The force is strong with this team of four NASA astronauts, who arrived at the International Space Station with a tiny stowaway – a plush Baby Yoda.
Dragon commander Mike Hopkins, physicist Shannon Walker, Navy Cmdr. Victor Glover, Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi and the little sensation from the Disney Plus show “The Mandalorian” were welcomed with open arms as they floated into the ISS late Monday.
The honorary astronaut — aka “The Child” in the “Star Wars” spin-off – actually has a traditional role as what’s known as a “zero G indicator,” a small object the crew uses to determine when their spacecraft has reached microgravity environment, The Verge reported.
Yoda was seen bobbing freely when the Crew Dragon separated from its Falcon 9 rocket en route to the space station.
“We’ve got Baby Yoda on board trying to take a seat right now,” NASA communications specialist Leah Cheshier said during a livestream, according to Business Insider.