Monday, June 19, 2017

501st Russian Outpost Sent Their Patch Into Space

By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars fans are always finding new and exciting ways to celebrate and express their fandom.  For fans in the 501st Legion this includes building screen accurate costumes and wearing them to charitable events.  Fans in the Russian Outpost of the 501st Legion went a step further and sent one of their patches up to the International Space Station with Cosmonaught Andrei Borisenko and kept it with him for the entirety of his 173 day mission.

Borisenko took this picture of the patch from the space station,
This is not the first time, Star Wars fans have sent something up into space.  In 2007, the original Luke Skywalker's lightsaber prop was sent up on board the shuttle Discovery's STS-120 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise.  More recently, in 2015, several Star Wars fans sent an X-Wing model into the stratosphere using a weather balloon.  You can see the video below,

What future projects might involve outerspace?  Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow wondered out loud in January 2016 whether he might be able to shoot IMAX plates (backgrounds) for his film in outerspace.  Trevorrow said, "I asked the question, 'Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for Star Wars, and I haven't gotten an answer yet, but they've shot IMAX in space!"

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