Star Wars Actors Train Like Astronauts for a Day

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NASA Posts a New Video of Star Wars Actors Kelly Marie Tran and Naomi Ackie Training with Real Astronauts.

I’ll be honest. Star Wars never really made me want to be an astronaut. It made me want to be a space wizard, for sure, or maybe a swashbuckling scoundrel traversing the galaxy in search of the next big score. But I’m not exactly like the other kids. Still, for over four decades, George Lucas’ “…galaxy far, far away…” has been putting dreams of flying spaceships into the minds of children, teens, and adults. As such, it makes sense that NASA invited Star Wars Actors Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico) and Naomi Ackie (Jannah) from The Rise of Skywalker to train with real astronauts. In fact, fostering that connection will help inspire even more future astronauts and help promote the film. Therefore, it’s what Qui Gon Jin would have called a “symbiotic relationship.”

Yeah, I just pulled out a Phantom Menace quote. Come at me, bro!

Watch Star Wars Actors Train with Astronauts:

Of course, Tran and Ackie had to have some fun while they were training. In fact, in one section of the video, Tran pretends to use the Force on Ackie!

So Who’s Cooler? The Astronauts or the Movie Stars?

What? Somebody had to ask it. I don’t know. It’s a toss-up for me. On the one hand, I loved Rise of Skywalker (review coming soon, I promise—I have to go see it again first). On the other hand, I look at astronauts like Megan McArthur and Jessica Watkins, the ones who trained Tran and Ackie, as real-life explorer-heroes. However, it’s hard to place more importance on one over the other. Especially considering how much influence Star Wars has on the dreams of young people—especially young women (yeah, there happen to be a lot of female Star Wars fans, and that’s fantastic!) who might not otherwise get into science. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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