What do astronauts watch in space? You don't want to know

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From a sci-fi horror masterpiece to an intergalactic disaster flick, movies shown to astronauts on the International Space Station may surprise you

What do astronauts watch in space? You don't want to know
Now screening at the International Space Station … Sandra Bullock in Gravity. Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros

In space, no one can hear you scream. Unless, that is, they are your fellow astronauts on the International Space Station and you’re all sitting through a screening of Alien.

The unlikely choice of in-flight entertainment for the occupants of the ISS, which has been in orbit since 1998, has been revealed after a freedom of information request by Gizmodo’s Matt Novak. The list, which contains more than 500 movies and TV shows, includes some questionable entries. As well as all four Alien films – which essentially detail the plight of isolated space travellers picked off by near-unkillable xenomorphs, astronauts can watch Gravity (a tyro astronaut barely survives a traumatic accident in orbit), Starship Troopers (humanity menaced by near-unkillable alien insectoids), and Moon (after an accident, an astronaut realises he is a clone). On the upside, the ISS residents can relax with such apparently harmless comedies as Zoolander, A Room With a View and Dodgeball.

The movie-screening abilities of the ISS were revealed in 2015, when station commander Scott Kelly tweeted a picture of the HD projection facilities, showing a still from Gravity.

The full list of films can be found on Gizmodo.

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