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The Expedition 45 crew has a September engagement with the International Space Station. It will be the first ISS crew to take on a year-long tour. To celebrate, NASA on Thursday released a clique poster, “International Space Station Expedition XLV: The Science Continues,” with a decidedly forceful theme.

There is a cultural beauty to seeing great works of science fiction permeate beyond boyhood daydreaming and into frontier-driven careers that run on grasping at stars. We’re seeing a generation of baby boomers turning toward their youthful touchstones and propelling the IRL space race.

Your crew is an international assembly that features American Scott Kelly; Chinese-born, Texas-made NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren; Russians Sergei Volkov, Mikhail Kornienko, and Oleg Kononenko; and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kimiya Yui. Star Wars is a strong international equalizer, though the whole thing was reportedly Lindgren’s idea.

Photo via NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center photostream/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.