Baby Yoda spotted as zero-g indicator for SpaceX Crew-1 Mission

SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by a private company.  

If you have a good eye, you might have noticed an unexpected guest on the Crew-1 mission.

Baby Yoda was spotted during SpaceX's stream as the four Crew-1 astronauts entered the coast phase of their journey to the International Space Station.

On SpaceX's first crewed launch, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took a purple plush dinosaur into space. According to geophysicist Mika McKinnon, the stuffed animal is a TY Flippables Tremor Dinosaur.

According to The Verge, when the stuffed toy starts floating, it indicates to the strapped-in astronauts that they’ve reached zero-g and are experiencing weightlessness. 

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Stuffed animals have a history of going to space. For example, you may remember that a plush Earth flew on the unmanned test flight of Crew Dragon back in March 2019 to the ISS. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture of the toy just before launch calling it a "super high tech zero-g indicator."

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The crew is expected to reach the International Space Station by 11 p.m. EST on Monday.

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