I’ve had a busy day over at The Metro and my latest article looks at a very special patch rocketed into space by the 501st Legion Russian Outpost aboard Soyuz MS-02.

The 501st Legion, also known as Vader’s First, is an international group of fans who create and wear the costumes of Star Wars villains.

Now it seems they’ve made their mark on space and a picture has emerged to prove it.

When the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft headed off to orbit and dock with the International Space Station on October 20 last year it carried not only three members of the Expedition 49 crew (cosmonauts commander Sergey Nikolayevich Ryzhikov and flight engineers Andrei Borisenko and American astronaut Robert S Kimbrough) but, apparently, also a very special and unique cargo.

Travelling 118 kilometers over 173 days and completing 2768 orbits of planet Earth, this cargo was not only relevant to the mission itself, but also to Star Wars fans across the globe.

According to the 501st Legion Russian Outpost Facebook page, Borisenko took the above picture of a patch.