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It's a full house on the space station with 7 people — and Baby Yoda

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

For the first time, seven crew members are living on the International Space Station for an extended stay of six months. Among them is NASA astronaut Victor Glover Jr., the first full-time Black crew member on the space station.

(CNN)For the first time, seven crew members -- and Baby Yoda -- are living on the International Space Station for an extended stay of six months.

After launching on Sunday, NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover Jr. , Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut with Japan's space agency, were welcomed aboard the space station early Tuesday by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.

Glover is the first full-time Black crew member on the space station.

When they hit zero gravity, his crew turned to Glover and said, "We're in space!"

An advocate for social justice and protecting the planet, Glover said this journey to the space station has strengthened his resolve.

The crew estimates it will take them a few weeks to adjust to having five people on the US side of the space station.

While their crew quarters are on the space station, Hopkins will be staying in the Resilience capsule, docked with the space station.

During the Shuttle era, it was tradition for the commander of the shuttle ferrying components and supplies to the space station to sleep on the shuttle, Hopkins said, so "it just felt right" for him to continue the custom.

Hopkins said he will likely spend less time in the craft than he would if he had his own crew quarters on the space station.

"It's hard not to like Baby Yoda," Hopkins said.

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