Star Wars Episode VII won’t be the only poster featuring Jedis in space later this year. In fact, NASA will put actually put Jedis in space this year — at least intrepid astronauts and cosmonauts dressed up as Jedis.
Below is the NASA poster for Expedition 45, which will carry Commander Scott Kelly, Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko, Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko, Flight Engineer Sergey Volkov, Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren, and Flight Engineer Kimiya Yui aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station.
Kelly and Kornienko will stay in orbit around Earth for a full year after they leave Earth this September. Kelly, for his part, will be participating in a ground-breaking twin study, where he will be compared with his identical twin Mark Kelly after a year in space to give us a better idea of long-term micro-gravity’s affect on the human body.
It’s a bold mission that deserves a super geeky poster. The poster delivers:
The poster for Expedition 40 was just as nerdy. I can’t take the sky from these astronauts:
On Expedition 32, I’d bet one of the crew could out-invent Mark Wahlberg:
Expedition 21 boldly went where other astronauts (and cosmonauts) have gone before:
And I suppose that every time we blast humans into orbit so that they can live in a floating station, like for Expedition 16, is pretty sci-fi:
You can view all of the geek posters for the dozens of NASA missions here.