Astronauts on ISS to catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens in space

(From left) British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS).
(From left) British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS).PHOTO: REUTERS

Tim Peake, the first Briton to go into space in 24 years, will leave Earth for the International Space Station (ISS) on December 15 - two days' shy of the global release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The former army major will launch from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

When asked on Twitter if he was disappointed that he would miss the screening of the highly-anticipated film in theatres, Mr Peake revealed that he would still be catching it - in space.

Twitter users agreed it would be the perfect place to watch the blockbuster.

Mr Peake tweeted that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be waiting for him onboard the International Space Station, which has a projector and screen onboard.

Catching the latest Star Wars film is not the only activity conventionally held on earth Mr Peake will be taking part in from the ISS.

 

He will also be in next year's London Marathon thanks to an app developed in Singapore.

"The thing I'm most looking forward to is that I can still interact with everybody down on earth,", said Mr Peake, who ran the marathon in 1999.