Chewbacca hands giant light saber to NASA, to carry into space


23 Responses to “Chewbacca hands giant light saber to NASA, to carry into space”

  1. Anonymous says:

    So, when they say “Luke’s First Lightsaber”, do they mean the first one he had, I.E. Anakins’s lightsaber, or the first lightsaber Luke BUILT, because that would be the one from Jedi.

    Boing Boing editors, my question must be answered!

  2. Anonymous says:


    Way to instill faith in your abilities NASA.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to all the Republicans who worship at the altar of “lower taxes”. $80 Billion/yr for NASA ($2 B for this mission alone) to play Star Wars. Meanwhile real science, from space science to health science, is taking huge cuts. Its the perfect Bush Administration action (remember play-pilot and “Mission Accomplished”?).

  4. ginneh says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    Can you take a lightsaber through the TSA checkpoint?

  6. Xeni Jardin says:

    @anonymous: < <"Luke's First Lightsaber", do they mean the first one he had, I.E. Anakins's lightsaber>>

    Ooooh, good question! I’ve asked Bonnie from Lucasfilm to weigh in.

  7. Anonymous says:

    May I be the first to say: What the hell? Nerds

  8. Anonymous says:

    What a terribly shameful event for all concerned. Woe for NASA, once able to promote itself using its scientific and technical laurels, now reduced to ignoble pandering. All of this dims the serious achievements of the dedicated staff who work hard in the name of science – not warmed over 1970s science fiction.

    Perhaps this is an indication of science and technology in America at large? Forced to piggy-back on marketing to acquire money and recognition.

    - ian
    Winnipeg, Canada

  9. Monster says:

    That is one awful Luke impersonator. Glad to see Porkins is alive and well, though.

  10. Stefan Jones says:

    And next week, Sigourney Weaver will present Mr. Bornstein with a bucket of homomorph mouth-slime leftover from the shooting of Aliens IV.

  11. Adam says:

    It would appear that both the Rebellion and the Empire prefer to travel with Southwest Airlines. I couldn’t agree more.

  12. Anonymous says:

    And how much are taxpayers being leached to transport this dead weight to space and back? This is mismanagement of the space program.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I never knew Boba Fett was so spindly-legged.


  14. Robbo says:

    Boba’s not only spindly legged but also barrel chested, stocky, big-boned or, dare I say it, chubby? He’s stressing out the damn armour! Could it be possible that Mister Lucas himself is in there, in cognito, in Boba?

    I thought it would be better to send up a model of the Falcon and take it out for a wee bit of an EVA – great photo op with the Earth. Ah well, next time.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Not to be a debbie downer or anything, but current shuttle launch costs are about $10000/lb. Money well spent!

  16. NineInchNachos says:

    How much does the lucas team pay to keep their tired characters in front of the pubic imagination i wonder?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Did Boba Fett put on some weight or what!

  18. Cpt. Tim says:

    I like star wars and everything…

    but its hard enough to take nasa seriously without men in fursuits wishing them godspeed.

  19. hibiscusroto says:

    dig it!

  20. Ape Lad says:

    Twenty years from now, the kid who plays Harry Potter will be presenting his wand to America’s first phantasmo-nauts.

  21. Bonnie says:

    To answer a previous question, the lightsaber going up in space is the first one he BUILT himself so that would be the one in “Return of the Jedi.”

    And regarding the headline — the lightsaber isn’t giant it’s just regular lightsaber size. Though it would be cool if it was gigantic! ;-)

    Glad you liked the story and my photos. It was a blast being on the tarmac with Chewie and the usual Rebel Scum and Imperial forces. You should have seen the kids’ faces when we showed up in baggage claim!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Looks like Boba’s been hittin the Cantina a little too much lately…

  23. David Jacobs says:

    Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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