Darth Vader's TIE fighter was spun out into space at the end of Ep.IV and I always wondered how long it took him to limp into a space station or back to some civilization. I imagined his suit being the only thing that kept him alive in the cold dark of space - where others might perish. Anyone know what happened to him after Han Solo blasted him and the Death Star blew up?
Earlier in the episode when they chase a tiny Imperial fighter near the Death Star they say the following:
LUKE: It followed us!
BEN: No. It's a short range fighter.
HAN: There aren't any bases around here. Where did it come from?
. . .
BEN: A fighter that size couldn't get this deep into space on its own.
I know that Vader's ship isn't identical to the little TIE fighter they chased to the Death Star, but it seems that these types of spacecraft are dependant upon larger vessels to carry them deep into space. So...
What happened to Vader when he was on his own at the end of Ep.IV?