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CREW POSTER: Expedition 45 crew dons Jedi robes for 'Star Wars' themed crew poster

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The crew members of Expedition 45, which launches to the International Space Station later this year, have unveiled their official crew movie poster -- and it's harkens back a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

The crew dressed up in Jedi robes to satirize the "Star Wars" motion picture franchise.

It has become a tradition at NASA for International Space Station crews to select a movie poster to mimic. Some previous examples include when Expedition 42 satirized, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Expedition 30 mimicking "Pirates of the Caribbean," and Expedition 40 posing for a mockup of the "Firefly" poster.

Pictured in the poster are American astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, along with NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Both Kelly and Kornienko are expected to be the first people to stay aboard the station for a year.

Last month, Kelly told WDRB and two other reporters in a round-robbins interview that he is looking forward to certain aspects of the long-duration flight.

"Riding the rocket," he said. "Floating. Looking at the Earth. Working with the folks on the ground and the folks on the space station to do something that's really, really challenging and complicated."

But, he added, that type of long-term flight requires some adjustments.

"It's almost like I feel like I'm just moving there and I'm not coming back – or it's gonna be so long that when I come back it's almost like I never lived here, maybe."

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