“Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things.” Those words were once spoken by Yoda in “The Empire Strikes Back.” But, these Jedi may think their next job is a bit of an adventure. On Thursday, NASA revealed the official poster for the International Space Station Expedition 45 crew. On it, the six astronauts and cosmonauts trade their NASA flight suits for Jedi robes.
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) February 13, 2015
The poster in titled “International Space Station Expedition XLV: The Science Continues,”
On the poster are NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, who are headed to the to the space station in March to begin one full year in orbit. Also there are astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, and Kimiya Yui with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The poster includes the crew’s official mission patch at its center, which seems to be in the same shape as an Imperial Star Destroyer. You’ll also find a Russian Soyuz rocket and a European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) with its distinctive “X-wing” solar panels. The ISS is depicted above the crew.
Look carefully. You might spot another space station hiding in the shadows.
These are not the droids you are looking for. pic.twitter.com/TPpd8sfEtM
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) February 13, 2015