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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-19-2007 11:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Lunar rock nut:
I wonder what powers it, Duracell or Energizer?
If you really must know: Howstuffworks "How Lightsabers Work"

FFrench
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posted 10-19-2007 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Or just ask Jim Reilly...

Jay Chladek
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posted 10-19-2007 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What powers it? Why the Force of course.

Lunar rock nut
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posted 10-20-2007 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, so it is a Diatium powercell. Must be whats in the Bunny since he can jump start alien spacecraft.

Robert, great link. I particularly found the section on uses around the home interesting along with all of the safety warnings. Too cool!

As a fencer I am going to have to get one. I was runner-up or the silver medalist in the 1989 Sooner State Games in Sabre, sadly I lost the Gold medal by one touch. But at least the gentleman that defeated me Jerry Benson went on to teach and take kids to compete in the Junior Olympics and has a successful Fencing Sal here in Oklahoma City.

Oh and Francis you should send your picture to Jim. I think he would like to have that one!

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posted 10-20-2007 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Terry:
Francis you should send your picture to Jim. I think he would like to have that one!
Done!

Rodina
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posted 10-20-2007 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't get this whole "fly some known artifact that's got its own history into space" thing. Flags, patches, that sort of stuff, sure. Some personal memento? Yes. Flight hardware? It's all good.

But Luke Skywalker's lightsaber? I mean, would flying King George III's chamberpot to the space station make it more valuable?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-20-2007 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Rodina:
But Luke Skywalker's lightsaber? I mean, would flying King George III's chamberpot to the space station make it more valuable?
Not to rehash the points already raised by myself and others on the first page of this thread, but it's not about making things more valuable; the items NASA and the astronauts choose to fly in the Official Flight Kit are to thank those that have supported the space agency and its crews over the years. Many NASA employees today credit Star Wars as providing some of the inspiration that led them to their current careers.

And anyway, it's not like the lightsaber was the first of its type to fly. On average, shuttle missions carry between 3,000 and 5,000 mementos for distribution post-flight to people and organizations that support the mission/NASA, thus the lightsaber is roughly amongst the 500,000th item to be launched for these purposes.

Jay Chladek
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posted 11-03-2007 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anyone noticed, the flight day 12 wakeup call was Star Wars. To which Scott replied "Luke, I am your father. Use the Force Luke," since it was music from his son. Of course, since his son's name is Luke, does that make Scott Parazynski "Darth Vader"? And does that make the OBSS as held by the station RMS for this repair the world's largest lightsaber?

Gilbert
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posted 11-04-2007 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
IMHO NASA flying the Star Wars lightsaber was a fantastic idea. It has generated much positive feedback. When I mention the fact to friends and people I work with, they smile and say things like, "That's cool." I'm putting together a display to celebrate 50 years in space and believe me pop-culture icons such as Star Wars, Star Trek, 2001, etc will not only be included but given prominent space. These films/TV shows, etc, inspired millions. I'm not even a Star Wars fan (too much fantasy) but flying that lightsaber put NASA and our space program in a context that non-space fans related to in a positive way.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-04-2007 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
If anyone noticed, the flight day 12 wakeup call was Star Wars.
For those who missed it, you can find an audio recording of the call and Parazynski's reaction in several file formats on NASA's website (along with all the other STS-120 wake-up calls).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-06-2007 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During an in-flight media event with the Associated Press, STS-120 mission specialist Scott Parazynski was asked if he was even a little bit tempted to take the lightsaber along with him on his spacewalk to repair the solar array.

"All of us have been really dying to get into the lower holds of the ship and dig out the lightsaber," Parazynski said. "But it really would be a lot of work, I think, and I think Pam would frown upon it."


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