The SpaceX Crew-1 team brought a Baby Yoda plush toy into space.

Loren Grush at The Verge:

An adorable — and powerful — stowaway is currently on board SpaceX’s Crew-1 flight, floating freely inside the company’s spacecraft as it heads toward the International Space Station.

The toy on the SpaceX’s Crew Dragon serves a functional purpose.

The toy is what is known as the flight’s “zero G indicator,” a small object that is used to determine when the spacecraft is in orbit and has reached a microgravity environment. When the Crew Dragon separated from its Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, the Baby Yoda rose from its perch and became a very squishy piece of debris inside the Crew Dragon.

Astronauts often choose cute zero G indicators.

(Loren Grush/The Verge)

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