Star Wars and NASA go well with each other like R2-D2 and C3PO. R2-D2 or Artoo-Detoo, is a fictional robot character in the Star Wars; whereas C3PO has remained a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. With Star Wars being an American epic space-opera that introduced the eponymous film that became an instant hit. Soon it was followed with many sequels and became a film series.
So when Peter Mayhew, who played Star War’s most famous character Wookiee Chewbacca passed away NASA decided to pay tribute to him. All the way up in Earth orbit, astronauts stationed at the International Space Station could feel the loss of Peter Mayhew, the actor who gave life to the character of Chewbacca.
On Wednesday, NASA astronaut Nick Hague on Twitter posted his own tribute conceding Mayhew’s death. In his tweet he thanked Peter also known as Chewbacca for inspiring generation of explorers.
Astronaut Hague even shared an image of Peter Mayhew who was wearing his Chewbacca costume but without the furry mask. The black-and-white photo of Peter has been framed by the multi-pane window of the ISS cupola. The Earth’s blue color shines from behind the picture.
Mayhew’s family who now officially manages Peter’s Twitter account responded to Hague, stating that the gesture is indeed lovely.
Hague along with some of his crewmates observed May the Fourth, the Star Wars day of celebration, by watching a Star Wars movie. He even shared a glimpse at the famous opening crawl that was being played on a screen in the station.
On Twitter, Star Wars fans indicated how the cupola windows look like a TIE fighter cockpit.
Mayhew’s offering to culture expanded far beyond the screen, as Hague’s loving tribute indicates. Chewbacca’s heart was able to make its way to space.