Found in yesterday’s news –
Coming soon from a galaxy far, far away: The original lightsaber wielded by Luke Skywalker will be delivered to NASA for launch in late October aboard shuttle Discovery, a flight that will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1977 release of the movie classic “Star Wars.”[snip]The lightsaber will be delivered today to Houston Hobby Airport, which is located about 30 minutes north of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Stormtroopers, R2-D2 and others will escort the it off the plane and into a crowd of airline travelers and Star Wars fans around 4:20 p.m. CDT (5:20 p.m. EDT).
The lightsaber will be transported to Space Center Houston — the visitor complex on NASA Road One near the main gate to JSC — where it will be on display through Labor Day. Then it will be shipped to Kennedy Space Center and stowed in the orbiter Discovery’s middeck during the shuttle’s 13-day round trip to the International Space Station.
Those are my tax dollars at work!
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