These Jedi are actually the International Space Station’s Expedition 45 crew. This is the official NASA poster for their upcoming launch “Expedition XLV: The Science Continues.”
And this isn’t the first time NASA used a pop culture theme for an expedition poster. The Expedition 42 crew recently posed as characters from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The 6 Jedi from the U.S., Russia and Japan, will be the first crew to reside on the International Space Station for one full year. The brave men and women shown above are, clockwise from top left: Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, and Kimiya Yui from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Expedition 45 will launch in March of this year with Kelly and Kornienko on board to begin their year in orbit, followed by Kononenko, Lindgren and Yui in May. Volkov will join the crew in September.