Six million miles, into space no less. The lightsaber used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker will be flown into space on the space shuttle, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars. And let's be honest, when we talk about Star Wars, despite the "episodes," there is only one Star Wars movie.
Doug Mattice, a spokesman for Space Center Houston, said that the prop -- used when Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker and fought Darth Vader -- would ride aboard the shuttle Discovery, which is scheduled for launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 23. It will be docked at the International Space Station and travel around Earth's orbit before returning to Earth.
Unfortunately for the astronauts, the lightsaber will be stowed, so they won't get to "play" with it in space.