SpaceX astronauts managed to bring a small Baby Yoda plushie into space during the most recent Crew-1 mission. All of this happened duting the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre launchpad. This is the first full-length flight for NASA by SpaceX. It is expected to reach the International Space Station today. Alongside Baby Yoda there are human astronauts – Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker from NASA and Soichi Noguchi from Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The appearance of Baby Yoda was even announced on livestream by NASA’s communications specialist Leah Cheshier – “We’ve got Baby Yoda on board trying to take a seat right now”.
Of course, this is not the first time that some adorable plushie or other thing was brought to capsule with astronauts. This is a long tradition in human spaceflight. The toy is what is known as the flight’s “zero G indicator” – that means a small object that is used to determine when the spacecraft is in the orbit and has reached a microgravity environment. Astronauts usually choose cute indicators to add this cool and sweet extra factor to their amazing missions. Previously, during SpaceX’s first crewed flight in May, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Dough Hurley decided to take a stuffed dinosaur Tremor with them. A plushie that was hand picked by their sons. There also was a plushy names Earthly, that was the only passanger duing SpaceX’s first uncrewed flight tesst of Crew Dragon.
To be honest, Baby Yoda has a lot of experience in space flight so this was the smartest choice the astronauts could make. And hey, there are barely any switches since astronauts use touchscreens so there is little to none danger, that little Yoda can flip something, and we all know he loves to do that.