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I would say both, plus the delivery of the Death Star plans. Basically they'd done a hell of a lot of brave stuff in a short time.


The (canon) Star Wars in 100 Scenes factbook indicates that the medals were awarded for brave actions in the Battle of Yavin. "The rebels celebrate by giving medals to the heroes of the Battle of Yavin." This is backed up in the (non-canon) Star Wars Encyclopedia "A medal bestowed by Princess Leia Organa on Luke Skywalker and Han Solo for their ...


Most likely it was for both the rescue and blowing up the Death Star. When Luke, Leia and Han arrive at Yavin IV, the Death Star isn't too far behind thanks to the tracking beacon. Han gets his payoff and leaves, but he's clearly concerned for Luke. Luke, as far as we can tell, doesn't get any real reward at this point, but it's more or less moot if the ...


Obi-Wan: Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. Luke: You mean it controls your actions? Obi-Wan: Partially, but it also obeys your commands. The Force is strong with Luke, even before he becomes a Jedi. It obeys his commands and controls his actions and allows him to fly the X-Wing more skillfully than he could without the connection ...


Using the Force allowed him to maneuver in and out of the TIE fighter's weapons lock, preventing him from being hit. It also helped him to evade the blaster fire coming from the wall positions and tower. Suddenly, time seemed to slow down. Luke felt not as if he were racing through the Death Star’s trench at full throttle, but rather that the trench was ...

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