Tuesday, August 28, 2007

NASA Knows Its Priorities

NASA will do its duty of honoring the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars" by sending Luke Skywalker's lightsaber into space. It will be carried on the space shuttle Discovery during its October launch. Chewbacca and other Star Wars characters will hand off the lighsaber in a ceremony at Oakland International Airport. But that's not all. IGN said:

This will be followed by a spectacular departure aboard a Southwest Airlines flight as Chewbacca and his galactic friends help push back the airplane on the tarmac.

Once the flight lands in Houston, Stormtroopers will help escort the lightsaber off the plane as R2-D2 and other famous Star Wars characters kick-off the second half of the celebration at Gate 47 in William P. Hobby Airport.

The fanfare will conclude outside baggage claim where the lightsaber will be transported by a caravan of Hummers with an official City of Webster police escort to NASA's Space Center Houston where it will be secured inside the lunar vault.

Talk about overkill for an inanimate object. National heroes and world leaders don't get that kind of respect and protection. It's ironic that the entire journey leads up to the prized artifact being loaded onto a vehicle that's been known to explode in the atmosphere. Twice. Sure, the chance of an explosion happening are low, but the Empire thought the same way when it built the Death Star. Twice.

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