An International Space Station astronaut has once again brought cosplay to space in a new video message to sci-fi fans dressed as Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica.
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) shared a pre-recorded video from the International Space Station with the crowd attending FedCon, a sci-fi/fantasy conversion held in Germany back in early June.
Thousands of fans come to the convention every year to meet the stars of science fiction films and TV shows, showcase their cosplay creations and attend lectures by real scientists.
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To celebrate FedCon’s 30th anniversary, the crowd was treated to a video message from Cristoforetti dressed as Viper pilot Cara “Starbuck” Trace (played by Katee Sackhoff) from the beloved 2004-2009 series. Battlestar Galactica. ESA negotiations.
In the video, Cristoforetti shows off the character’s iconic look; complete with an inside-out tank top and glittery dog tags that floated gently in microgravity.
Along with wishes for both attendees and her ESA colleagues during the convention, Cristoforetti suggests that Starbuck may have gotten bored with Earth and headed back into space after the show’s finale and the character’s uncertain future.
“I haven’t seen any Cylons here yet,” Cristoforetti confirmed in the video, giving us all the reassurance that fictional villains aren’t circling the space station.
This isn’t the first time Cristforetti has sent science fiction into space. On her first mission aboard the ISS in 2015, Cristoforetti dressed up as coffee-loving Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager to celebrate the arrival of the first espresso machine on board.
Also last June, Cristoforetti perfectly recreated Sandra Bullock’s character, Dr. Stone from the hit movie Gravity, gliding effortlessly through the corridors of the space station.
ESA shared Cristoforetti’s video message on YouTub. (will open in a new tab)e with a description that read: “While we may not yet have invented the faster-than-light drive used in Battlestar Galactica, ESA turns science fiction into science fact every day by exploring and studying the near-Earth environment, the solar system . and the universe beyond to innovate, inform and inspire.”
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