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We (mostly) all know that when the second Death Star was destroyed, it rained down burning debris forever changing the fate of that moon. Most accounts estimate that all life on the moon of Endor would be wiped out.

What could have been done to avert this catastrophe?

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    Protego Maxima Jan 18 '12 at 15:36
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    BTW, is there any reference for "Most accounts estimate that all life on the moon of endor would be wiped out"? Jan 18 '12 at 15:37
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    If only the rebels had thought of the ewoks first, they might have be able to prevent this catastrophe.
    – Xantec
    Jan 18 '12 at 15:51
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    Possibly the vast majority of the Death Star's mass actually fell into whatever planet Endor is a moon of. Jan 18 '12 at 16:08
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    The moon was referred to as "the forest moon of Endor". I don't know of any reference in the movies that called the forest moon the name of Endor. Endor was the gas giant it orbited.
    – BBlake
    Jan 18 '12 at 17:22
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What you are referring to is "The Endor Holocaust".

In universe, it was "a theory put forward by Imperial propaganda agents after the Battle of Endor." In fact, Endor was saved :

Much of the debris of the superweapon was sent through a hyperspace wormhole that briefly opened up when the Death Star's hyperdrive regulator was destroyed.
[...]
According to the man's fellow cantina patrons, most of the Death Star's mass was obliterated in the explosion, while the Rebel Alliance used tractor beams to ensure the rest did not damage the world. [...]
At least one Imperial Star Destroyer did crash onto the moon's surface, though, and some debris was reported to have caused minor damage to Ewok habitats.

Out of universe, the link you submitted is "Original content is © copyright Dr Curtis Saxton 2002." (scroll to the bottom to see this mention) There's a mention of this work in the behind the scenes section of the Wookieepedia article.

The Endor Holocaust theory was first put forward by Curtis Saxton on his Star Wars Technical Commentaries fansite. Saxton claims that it is scientifically inevitable for the holocaust to happen, though it has never been identified as happening in any canon source. Some sources, such as X-wing: Wedge's Gamble and the comic book Apocalypse Endor, mention the theory, though reports in these sources are either propaganda or myth.

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  • I did not know the Rebel Alliance had tractor beams....Great answer.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Jan 18 '12 at 16:29
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    @Pureferret - they had capital ships (Mon Calamari Star Cruisers etc...) Jan 18 '12 at 17:54
  • @DVK And they had the beams?
    – AncientSwordRage
    Jan 18 '12 at 18:12
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    @Pureferret yes : starwars.wikia.com/wiki/…
    – DavRob60
    Jan 18 '12 at 18:15
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    As long as many Ewoks died I am satisfied.
    – It Grunt
    Jan 21 '12 at 19:34
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Update.

According to the official Star Wars twitter feed, the Rebellion deployed a substantial number of ships to tractor any planet-killing pieces out of harm's way.

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Assuming the second Death Star suffered the same level of destruction as the first Death Star, then the pieces of remaining material would have been very small indeed, with the bulk of the station cannibalising itself to fuel the energetic explosion.

Space filled temporarily with trillions of microscopic metal fragments, propelled past the retreating ships by the liberated energy of a small artificial sun. The collapsed residue of the battle station would continue to consume itself for several days, forming for that brief span of time the most impressive tombstone in this corner of the cosmos. - Star Wars: A New Hope: Novelisation

Note that when such a station is destroyed, the initial explosion appears to liberate a great deal of material but the bulk presumably stays in the vicinity and was consumed by the final throes of the ship's power generator.


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  • Nice. Looks like someone else has been looking at the Star Wars Twitter feed. ;)
    – Adamant
    Oct 28 '16 at 22:52
  • @Adamant - Just spotted the link on another answer. Thought I'd have a rummage.
    – Valorum
    Oct 28 '16 at 23:14

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