British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space

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Posted: Dec 14, 2015 9:01 AM
British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — Timothy Peake, the first Briton to represent the European Space Agency aboard the International Space Station, will be away from the planet for six months but looks forward to Earthly pleasures like seeing the new Star Wars movie and having a Christmas pudding.

Peake is to blast off Tuesday from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, along with Timothy Kopra of the United States and Russian Yuri Malenchenko.

At a crew news conference on Monday, Peake said he expects ground staff will be able to download "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for the crew to watch.

Peake says he's also looking forward to microgravity experiments inspired by Isaac Newton.