The Perks of Being an Astronaut: An Early Screening of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

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The last people who need to fantasize about a space-faring future got to do just that this morning when NASA pumped the International Space Station full of Trek. Unable to call in sick to see it like those of us on earth, the three astronauts on board the International Space Station got a special screening of Star Trek Into Darkness.

Not only do these lucky smartasses get to float around in weightlessness hundreds of miles above the Earth while playing with NASA's most expensive toys, they also got to find out that The Batch is Khan (seriously, he probably is) a few hours before we will. Then, if that wasn't exciting enough for dudes who actually live in space, American astronaut Chris Cassidy did a post-viewing  Googe Plus live chat with Alice Eve, John Cho, and Chris Pine. We watched most of it (so you don't have to) and found out that no one on real life space stations wears svelte mini-skirts. Which is a good thing, because the station is only manned by men right now.

This isn't the first time that space-based scientists  have had films piped directly into their floating space station, they got the first Trek reboot installment, and the final Harry Potter. Lucky lucky astronauts.

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