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The Death Star is 160 km across, or 80 km radius. It is a mixture of air and metal and other substances. If we assume it is roughly as dense as water (as it looks roughly as dense as a ocean going ship, which is roughly as dense as water), it weighs roughly 2 * 10^18 kg. (If it was solid iron it would be only 8x denser, so this probably isn't off by more ...


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This time period is addressed in the book Rebel Dawn, which is now Legends Canon. This has not yet been addressed within the revised canon. Han Solo is on Tatooine at the beginning of A New Hope because he just recently tried to meet with Jabba to discuss the fact that he had been boarded by Imperials and had to jettison his cargo of glitterstim. Jabba, ...


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Luke is pretty consistently shown to be ambidextrous (having the ability to use both hands without favouring one) throughout the original trilogy film series. In A New Hope he totes a gun and shoots with his left hand while on the Death Star. He operates a control panel with his right hand He ladles food onto his plate with his left and then passes a ...


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Because it's the backup and backups are better on tape. The fewer moving parts an object has, the more robust it is. Additionally, the long term degradation of electronic memory cells is a problem. So when you make a back up of something, you want it to be able to survive a long time. Tape can do this. Technology in Star Wars has advanced enough to create ...


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The Death Star isn't really that new. Construction of it began well before Luke and Leia's birth, as we can see it's already in this state within days of their birth: Sure it isn't ready, but as it's so large we can assume that they will attempt to start making parts of it habitable as soon as possible, as this will mean any non-droid workers won't need to ...


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Luke's a farmer, not a swordsman. He had never held a lightsaber in his entire life until that day. However, he has used rifles before; when he went out looking for R2-D2 on Tatooine, he carried a rifle; when the Tusken Raiders attacked, though, they quickly overpowered him with their melee fighting skill. It takes many years to become proficient with any ...


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The relative difficulty of getting to the exhaust port - location and defenses - was the entire reason for the trench run. It was easier to do with a small craft than a more powerful vessel. Dodonna: Its defenses are designed around a direct large-scale assault. A small one-man fighter should be able to penetrate the outer defense. [...] The approach will ...


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In the documentary Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher brings up her changing accent. It was because she was going to school in Britain and she picked up some of the local accent.


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Obi-Wan never explicitly stated in the 3 Star Wars movies that he didn't remember R2D2 and C3PO. He merely told Luke he never remembered "owning" a droid, which was indeed the case with these two - Anakin and Padme owned both of them, and later Bail Organa (UPDATE: he did apparently own a droid in Episode II, but personally, I didn't even remember it thus ...


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This is a common point of confusion. The Indo-Arabic number system that you are used to is not the number system that was used in that distant galaxy, long ago. Several other differences can be observed throughout the series, including the numbering of the films: 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, [7, 8, 9], and the use of units that are for us measures of distance (parsecs)...


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Luke is clearly aware that Mos Eisley exists He refers to the outpost in Obi-Wan's hut, shortly after viewing Leia's message: Luke: Look, I can take you as far as Anchorhead. You can get a transport there to Mos Eisley or wherever you're going. A New Hope (1977) It's not immediately clear that he's familiar with ...


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Yes, this is correct One of Lucas' earliest drafts of the script, penned in 1974, sold at auction in 2013; that script bore the title "The Star Wars" (click to embiggen): And fan-made scans of the early script drafts continue to support this (click to embiggen all images): The 1973 treatment, titled "The Star Wars" The 1974 rough draft script, which ...


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In Episode IV, and (from the EU) prior to the Battle of Yavin, the Rebel Alliance is more of a collection independent cells with very few experienced military personnel seasoning their ranks. For example, we see Luke Skywalker planted in a T-65 X-Wing Starfighter because of his familiarity with Incom standard controls from his T-16. At this point, growing ...


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Pre-Disney-Canon answer! For Disney canon, see Adamant's answer." Why would something so grand contain such a fatal flaw?" Other than "how else would ANH work" reason, you mean? Because whoever designed it didn't realize it was a fatal flaw. If you were a software developer (or designer) you'd know that it's impossible to design bugless software of any ...


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You are overthinking this. He just means Leia, who he has correctly inferred stopped him from getting the plans when he captured the ship. Vader evidently did not reckon on the possibility of a droid having possession of the plans, and expects them to be simply there for the taking on the planet below.


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It may not be anyone... consider this other Russian poster for Star Wars. This is quite literally a "space cowboy". I mean one could argue it is supposed to be a depiction of Han Solo, but how could you prove it? Here is another for Return of the Jedi that I have no idea what is going on... Consider the excerpt from the answer given by @user931: At ...


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During the Detention Centre shootout, Luke is taking cover on the right-hand side of the corridor (from his perspective) and the alcove he's using for cover would make it harder to fire his blaster right-handed. He's trying to stay behind that little bit of bulkhead as much as he can to avoid the incoming Stormtrooper fire, so holding the blaster in his ...


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This was addressed in an "Ask the Jedi Council" feature on the StarWars.com website. According to LucasFilm's (former) Head of Fan Relations/Director of Content Management Steve Sansweet, the Death Star was simply not powerful enough to destroy a gas giant. Q. In Star Wars, why does the Death Star go around the planet Yavin to blow up the fourth moon ...


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The goal is stealth. Even if he somehow manages to use force-persuasion on everyone he encounters, this still doesn't factor in the possibility of his being seen by a droid, a security monitor or simply someone that he didn't notice. His failing to maintain a stealthy approach could also lead to the others being put at graver risk, not to mention the sheer ...


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I had never noticed that before, but it would fit the story. The pseudo-British accent is heard coming from just about every character that is a part of the Empire. At the beginning of episode IV Leia is still attempting to act undercover as part of a "diplomatic mission". Once out of the undercover environment, and safely around the resistance, her ...


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For review, here's how it plays out in the script: LUKE: It looks like Sandpeople did this, all right. Look, here are Gaffi sticks, Bantha tracks. It's just...I never heard of them hitting anything this big before. Ben is crouching in the sand studying the tracks. BEN: They didn't. But we are meant to think they did. These tracks are side by ...


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The reason Luke and Leia's siblinghood was important to the plot was because A New Hope set Luke, Leia, and Han up as a Love Triangle. This caused Luke and Han to be rivals for Leia's affection. One can imagine the awkwardness of having one's budding Jedi hero be a spurned lover who also must face the humiliation of being saved by the "other man". Having ...


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At the end of Revenge of the Sith (2005), Yoda talks to Obi-Wan Kenobi about meeting an old friend, his old master, Qui-Gon Jinn, who we know became a force ghost. 02:04:50 - Yoda: One who has returned from the netherworld of the Force. 02:04:53 - Yoda: Your old master. 02:04:56 - Obi-Wan: Qui-Gon? 02:05:00 - Yoda: How to commune with him I ...


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It's a fairly major plot point that he didn't want Luke to know that Vader was his father. Based on ROTJ, Obi-Wan considered Anakin to be dead. This was likely to help him fight with everything he had and potentially kill an old friend. (ROTJ Screenplay) You father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became ...


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Vader's death wasn't canonically confirmed in the film, nor in the original novelisation which was released several weeks before the film came out (and which, in turn is based on the final draft shooting script). When we last see him (in both the film and the novel) he's blasting off into deep space. To the other side, Darth Vader’s fighter began ...


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The Death Star was 160km across. Trash from the centre has to be moved through at least 80 kilometres of station before it can be vented into space, so the more compact it is the better, if you don’t want your entire station to be taken up by garbage chutes. Vaporising it would use a lot of energy, and also change the problem to one of transporting a lot of ...


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The prequels make it clear that Obi-Wan and Bail Organa know each other. Each of them took responsibility for one of the two Skywalker twins. While it isn't overtly stated, it is clear that Bail knew where Obi-Wan was and how to reach him. This information he gave to Leia when he sent her to retrieve Obi-Wan. This would certainly include the name by ...


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From the old West End Games D6 Roleplaying Game (Second Edition) supplement Death Star Technical Companion, Chapter Two: Technical Specifications, p. 16, right column: Gravity within the battle station was handled by omni-directional gravity boosters built into the decks, walls and ceilings. These gravity boosters changed orientation as easily as flipping ...


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Imagine you grew up a farm boy in some podunk town in Backwater, Nebraska, where nothing ever happens. All your life you have never been further than 20 miles from the place you were born, and in that 20 miles there is nothing but corn. You are still in high school, and you realize your instructor used to be a Navy SEAL. And a secret agent. And walked on the ...


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