Social media shows the force is strong with NASA

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Just like much of the nation, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiered here in the Rocket City Thursday night.

A hot spot to catch the movie was the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's IMAX theater. So, it's no surprise when NASA took to social media to show that their force is pretty strong when it comes to Star Wars.

Our friends at NASA are taking this galactic moment to remind us that they not only use force everything they launch into space, but they work with real droids and are using ion energies planning for their journey to Mars.

Astronauts also work alongside their own version of the beloved R2DR, the Robonaut-2 assisted them on the International Space Station. They have also tapped into galaxies far, far away with state-of-the-art telescopes a while before the force was actually awakened.

This week, NASA turned to Twitter to launch their applications for the next alliance of astronauts, just in time for the Star Wars Episode VII premiere.