Baby Yoda tags along on SpaceX's first operational mission for NASA

Video: Bermuda Mentioned In Space Launch

As the Crew-1 astronauts cruised toward the International Space Station last night, they revealed their huggable zero-g indicator: a small plush of Din Djarin's young and Force-sensitive charge.

The four astronauts on Sunday became part the second-ever crewed flight of a SpaceX spacecraft.

As four astronauts began their journey from Earth to the International Space Station on Sunday, an additional crew member made a surprise appearance: Baby Yoda.

The Crew-1 astronauts are expected to spend about six months on board the ISS, where they'll work on a variety of science experiments and conduct space walks to continue updates and repairs on the space station's exterior.

NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut with Japan's space agency - will be greeted by a "welcome ceremony" once they exit their spacecraft for the first time since mid-afternoon Sunday (US time).

The Crew Dragon capsule and those on it are scheduled to reach the International Space Station within 27 hours of the launch. Glover is the first African-American to move in for a long haul.

A space newcomer, Mr Glover was presented his gold astronaut pin on Monday.

The three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will remain at the orbiting lab until their replacements arrive on another Dragon in April.

The four named their capsule Resilience to provide hope and inspiration during an especially hard year for the whole world.

Walker said it was a little tighter for them than for the two astronauts on the test flight.

"Looks awesome", Mission Control radioed from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

"It was a very nice night onboard Resilience", Hopkins replied from the capsule, traveling in orbit at roughly 17,500 miles (28,160 km) per hour. The two-pilot test flight earlier this year lasted two months.



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