Props to the International Space Station

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

NASA lightsaber

First we had R2-D2 collecting our mail, now this from SPACE.com: When the space shuttle Discovery launches the STS-120 astronaut crew in October, the force will be with them.

Stowed on-board the orbiter, in addition to a new module for the International Space Station, will be the original prop lightsaber used by actor Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film “Star Wars”. The laser-like Jedi weapon is being flown to the orbiting outpost and back in honor of the 30th anniversary of director George Lucas’ franchise.

There’s more in the SPACE.com article, including word of which characters from A Galaxy Far, Far Away will be giving the prop a proper send-off.

I wonder what the ISS crew needs with a lightsaber? And does this violate any treaties regarding the weaponization of space? Or are they just trying to get the thing away from Lisa Nowak?

UPDATE! Now there is video of the event:

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