SpaceX’s Crew-1, an international crew of NASA astronauts en route to the International Space Station, has revealed that it has The Child (aka Baby Yoda) as a stowaway. The footage was captured by The Verge’s science reporter, Loren Grush. Check out the footage she clipped from the flight’s recordings below.
Good morning, I must have fallen asleep before I learned that Baby Yoda is the Crew-1’s Zero G indicator. May this bless your Monday morning pic.twitter.com/5Ajhlr69p9
— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) November 16, 2020
Baby Yoda reportedly has a job: The toy is the flight’s “zero G indicator,” or a small object that can let crewmembers and/or any passengers know at a glance when the spaceship is in orbit and has reached a microgravity environment. While there is a clear link between astronauts and sci-fi–and especially Star Wars–fandom, it should be stated that this is something of a tradition. Earlier this year, according to , astronauts on SpaceX’s historic launch brought a stuffed dinosaur along for the same purpose.