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Baby Yoda catches ride on SpaceX Crew Dragon into orbit with astronauts

NASA, JAXA crew select Baby Yoda to act as zero-gravity indicator

"Baby Yoda" in Disney+'s "The Mandalorian."
"Baby Yoda" in Disney+'s "The Mandalorian."

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Following the tradition of bringing a “gravity indicator” on their spaceflight, astronauts in the Dragon Capsule selected “Baby Yoda” for their journey to the ISS.

The crew kept “The Child” a secret until they reached zero-gravity.

NASA and SpaceX also did not reveal the identity of the fifth passenger until all astronauts were ready.

The character, as fans know, is part of the Disney Spin-Off Star Wars series “The Mandalorian.”

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Baby Yoda from the Disney+ show "Mandalorian" seen floating in the Crew Dragon spacecraft on Nov. 15, 2020. (Image: SpaceX/NASA)