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The Death Star in A New Hope
The Death Star in A New Hope

The Death Star is a fictional planet-destroying space station appearing in the Star Wars movies and Star Wars Expanded Universe. The first Death Star is featured in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and a second Death Star is under construction in Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi. Death Star may refer to: Death Star, a giant military space station in the fictional Star Wars universe Death Star (business) a fraudulent business strategy used by Enron to manipulate Californias energy markets The NOVA episode called Death Star that discusses gamma ray bursts Death Star could also be... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... For other uses, see Fiction (disambiguation). ... In science fiction, a planet killer (also called a planet buster in some cases) is an entity, often a large spaceship or space station, expressly designed to destroy or render uninhabitable a planet. ... The International Space Station in 2007 A space station is an artificial structure designed for humans to live in outer space. ... This article is about the series. ... Splinter of the Minds Eye, 1978 The Star Wars Expanded Universe (also known as the EU) encompasses all of the officially licensed, fictional background of the Star Wars universe, outside of the six feature films produced by George Lucas. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological...

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Origin and design

Although particular details, such as the superlaser's location, shifted between different concept models during A New Hope's production, the notion of the Death Star being a large, spherical space station was consistent in all of them.[1] Portraying an incomplete yet powerful space station posed a problem for Industrial Light and Magic's modelmakers for Return of the Jedi.[2] Only the front side of the 137-centimeter model was completed, and the image was flipped horizontally for the final film.[2] Both Death Stars were depicted by a combination of complete and sectional models and matte paintings.[1][2] This article is about the series. ... Industrial Light & Magic original logo, designed by Drew Struzan Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a motion picture special visual effects company, founded in May 1975 by George Lucas and owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... Matte or matt can be used to describe a non-glossy finish on a surface; it can also be used to denote the surface surrounding a framed picture, between the picture itself and the frame; usually made from coloured card. ...


Depiction

The second Death Star in Return of the Jedi
The second Death Star in Return of the Jedi

The original Death Star, commanded by Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing), is the Galactic Empire's "ultimate weapon" in A New Hope. The first Star Wars film opens with Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) transporting the station's schematics to the Rebel Alliance to aid them in destroying it. Tarkin orders the Death Star to destroy Leia's home world of Alderaan in an attempt to pressure her to betray the Rebels. At the film's climax, Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) trust in the Force allows him to destroy the Death Star. Both Darth Vader (David Prowse) and Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) die aboard the second Death Star before the Rebels destroy it in Return of the Jedi. The first Death Star also appears in two Star Wars prequels: its schematics are visible in Attack of the Clones, and the end of Revenge of the Sith shows the Death Star early in its construction. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (700x721, 146 KB)The second Death Star File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (700x721, 146 KB)The second Death Star File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... Grand Moff Governor Wilhuff Tarkin is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe and is an antagonist in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope where he was portrayed by British actor Peter Cushing. ... Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE, (26 May 1913-11 August 1994) was an English actor, known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played Baron Frankenstein and Dr. Van Helsing, amongst many other roles, often appearing opposite his close friend Christopher Lee. ... The Galactic Empire is one of the main factions in the Star Wars universe. ... Her Royal Highness, Princess Leia Organa Solo of Alderaan (born 19 BBY), a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by actress Carrie Fisher in the films and by Ann Sachs in the 1980s radio drama. ... Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American actress, screenwriter and novelist. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, the Rebel Alliance, or more formally, the Alliance to Restore the Republic, is an interstellar terrorist force formed in direct military opposition to the Galactic Empire. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, Alderaan is the home of Princess Leia, Bail Organa and also, in 4000 BBY, Ulic Qel Droma who fought in the Great Sith War. ... Luke Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor. ... The Force is a binding, ubiquitous power that is the object of the Jedi and Sith monastic orders in the Star Wars universe. ... Darth Vader is the central character in the Star Wars universe. ... David Dave Prowse, MBE (born July 1, 1935 in Bristol, United Kingdom) is an English body-builder, weightlifter and actor, most widely known for his role as the physical form of Darth Vader. ... Palpatine is a fictional character in George Lucas science fiction saga Star Wars. ... Ian McDiarmid (born August 11, 1944) is a Tony Award-winning Scottish actor born in Carnoustie. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) is the fifth Star Wars science fiction movie released and the second part of the prequel trilogy which began with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ...

Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), left, and Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) watch the construction of the first Death Star in Revenge of the Sith
Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), left, and Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) watch the construction of the first Death Star in Revenge of the Sith

The Death Stars appear throughout the Star Wars Expanded Universe. It is the subject of Michael Reaves and Steve Perry's novel Death Star. In LucasArts' Star Wars: Battlefront II, the player participates in a mission to secure crystals used in the Death Star's superlaser. Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy introduces the Maw Cluster of black holes that protect a laboratory where parts of the Death Star were tested. National Public Radio's A New Hope adaptation portrays Leia (Ann Sachs) and Bail Organa's (Stephen Elliott) discovery of the Death Star's existence and Leia's mission to steal the space station's schematics. The first level of LucasArts' Dark Forces gives the player a supporting role in Leia's mission, while a mission in Battlefront II tasks the player with acting as a stormtrooper or Darth Vader in an attempt to recover the plans and capture Leia. Steve Perry's novel Shadows of the Empire describes a mission that leads to the Rebels learning of the second Death Star's existence, and that mission is playable in LucasArts' X-Wing Alliance combat flight simulator.[citation needed] Numerous LucasArts titles recreate the movies' attacks on the Death Stars, and the Death Star itself is a controllable weapon in the Rebellion and Empire at War strategy games.[citation needed] Image File history File links Vaderrots. ... Image File history File links Vaderrots. ... Palpatine is a fictional character in George Lucas science fiction saga Star Wars. ... Ian McDiarmid (born August 11, 1944) is a Tony Award-winning Scottish actor born in Carnoustie. ... Darth Vader is the central character in the Star Wars universe. ... Hayden Christensen (born April 19, 1981) is a Canadian actor. ... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ... Michael Reaves (born 1950) is an American writer, known for his contributions as producer and story editor to a number of 1990s animated television series, including Disneys Gargoyles and Batman: The Animated Series. ... The name Steve Perry might refer to any of the following: Steve Perry (musician), the former lead singer of the band Journey. ... Death Star is a science fiction novel by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry that is set in the Star Wars galaxy. ... LucasArts is an American video game developer and publisher. ... |200px| ]] Pseudonym: Gabriel Mesta Born: March 27, 1962 ) Oregon, Wisconsin, U.S. Occupation: Author Genres: Science fiction Debut works: Resurrection, Inc Influences: The War of the Worlds Kevin J. Anderson (born March 27, 1962) is a prolific American science fiction author. ... The Jedi Academy trilogy is a trilogy of novels set in the Star Wars galaxy. ... The Maw Cluster is a fictional region in the Star Wars galaxy, characterized by its large number of black holes, near the mining world of Kessel. ... For other uses, see Black hole (disambiguation). ... NPR redirects here. ... NPR Star Wars Radio Series promotional poster An expanded radio dramatization of the original Star Wars trilogy was produced in 1981, 1983, and 1996. ... Stephen Elliott (born 6th January, 1984 in Dublin) is an Irish international football centre forward. ... Star Wars: Dark Forces is a video game produced by the LucasArts Entertainment Company. ... Stormtroopers have distinctive white armor and helmet Imperial stormtroopers are trained shock troops in the Star Wars universe under command of the Galactic Empire. ... The name Steve Perry might refer to any of the following: Steve Perry (musician), the former lead singer of the band Journey. ... Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was a multimedia project created by Lucasfilm in 1996. ... X-Wing Alliance or XWA is the sequel to Star Wars: TIE Fighter. ... Combat flight simulators are video games similar to flight simulator software used to simulate military aircraft and their operations. ...


The first Death Star has a crew of 265,675, as well as 52,276 gunners, 607,360 troops, 30,984 stormtroopers, 42,782 ship support staff, and 180,216 pilots and support crew.[3] Its hangars contain assault shuttles, blastboats, Strike cruisers, land vehicles, support ships, and 7,293 TIE fighters.[4] It is also protected by 10,000 turbolaser batteries, 2,600 ion cannons, and at least 768 tractor beam projectors.[4] Various sources state the first Death Star has a diameter between 120 and 160 kilometers.[3][5] There is a broader range of figures for the second Death Star's diameter, ranging from 160 to 900 kilometers.[6][7] TIE Fighter, see X-wing computer game series. ... The following is a list of ship- and vehicle-mounted weapons in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... This article is about large scale ion beam weapons in science fiction. ... A tractor beam is a hypothetical device with the ability to attract one object to another from a distance. ...


Cultural impact

The Death Star is one of the better-known concepts from the Star Wars universe and is widely recognizable outside of that context. It is frequently referenced in other mass media, even when the context is radically different. Television shows, movies, and games that refer to the Death Star include Clerks, Newsradio, Muppet Babies, Futurama, Lost, Seinfeld, Family Guy, Life on Mars, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Fairly Oddparents, Pinky and the Brain, Tripping the Rift, Twister, Ogame, AstroEmpires, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Sonic the Hedgehog series.[citation needed] This article is about the film. ... This article is about the sitcom. ... Ò‰Jim Hensons Muppet Babies is an American animated television series that aired from 1984 to 1990 on CBS in first-run episodes, and then until 1992 in reruns. ... This article is about the television series. ... LOST redirects here. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... Life on Mars is a BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning British television drama series, which was first shown on BBC One in January and February 2006. ... Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me is the second film in the Austin Powers series started with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and continued in Austin Powers in Goldmember. ... The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series for children about the adventures of a boy who has two fairy godparents. ... This article describes both the animated television series, and the characters from that series. ... Tripping the Rift is a CGI science fiction comedy television series. ... Twister may mean: the game Twister the movie Twister a slang word for a tornado a tongue twister, something difficult to pronounce The name of a roller coaster in Knoebels amusement park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. ... OGame is a PHP management-type, text-based, space-war themed online browser game with over two million accounts. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... Sonic the Hedgehog is a fictional hedgehog character that serves as the mascot of the Japanese video game company Sega. ...


The media in 1980 commented on the resemblance Mimas' large crater gives it to the Death Star. Astronomers sometimes use the term "Death Star" to describe Nemesis, a hypothetical star postulated in 1984 to be responsible for gravitationally forcing comets and asteroids from the Oort cloud toward Earth.[citation needed] Mimas (mee-məs or mye-məs, IPA: , Greek Μίμᾱς, rarely Μίμανς) is a moon of Saturn that was discovered in 1789 by William Herschel. ... Nemesis is a hypothetical red dwarf star or brown dwarf, orbiting the Sun at a distance of about 50,000 to 100,000 AU, somewhat beyond the Oort cloud. ... This article is about the astronomical object. ... Gravity redirects here. ... Comet Hale-Bopp Comet West For other uses, see Comet (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Asteroid (disambiguation). ... Artists rendering of the Oort cloud and the Kuiper Belt. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ...


Enron labeled its fraudulent manipulation of the California power grid "Death Star". In Canada, the term "death stars" was used to describe U.S. Direct Broadcast Satellites capable of broadcasting signals into Canada that were not regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.[8] Political cartoon and comic strips, including Doonesbury and Bloom County, have referred to AT&T employees' practice of referring to their logo as the "Death Star". The logo of the Illinois Central Railroad was also nicknamed "the Death Star" after Star Wars' 1977 release, even though the logo had been in use since 1972. Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation (formerly Enron Corporation) (former NYSE ticker symbol: ENE) was an American energy company based in Houston, Texas. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Transmission towers Transmission lines in Lund, Sweden Electric power transmission, or more accurately Electrical energy transmission, is the second process in the delivery of electricity to consumers. ... The Death Star strategy was the name Enron gave to their practice of shuffling energy around the California power grid to receive payments from the state for relieving congestion. ... Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) is a term used to refer to satellite television broadcasts intended for home reception, also referred to as direct-to-home signals. ... The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC, in French Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes) was established in 1968 by the Canadian Parliament to replace the Board of Broadcast Governors. ... Doonesbury is a comic strip by Garry Trudeau, popular in the United States and other parts of the world. ... Bloom County was a popular American comic strip by Berke Breathed which ran from December 8, 1980 until August 6, 1989. ... This article is about the current AT&T. For the 1885-2005 company, see American Telephone & Telegraph. ... Categories: Rail stubs | Defunct railroad companies of the United States | Defunct companies | Illinois railroads | Iowa railroads | Louisiana railroads | Missouri railroads | South Dakota railroads | Wisconsin railroads ...


The Creative Artists Agency's headquarters has been nicknamed the "Death Star" by the entertainment media.[9] Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is a talent and literary agency which represents a vast array of actors, musicians, writers, directors, and athletes, as well as a variety of companies and their products. ...


Merchandise

Kenner released a Death Star play-set.[10] AMT created a model of the first Death Star, and Lego in 2005 released a model of the second Death Star.[11][12] Both Death Stars are part of different Micro Machines three-packs.[13][14] The Death Stars and locations in them are cards in Decipher, Inc.'s and Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars Customizable Card Game and Star Wars Trading Card Game, respectively.[15] Hasbro released a Death model that transforms into Darth Vader.[citation needed] Estes Industries released a flying model rocket version in 1997, with the Death Star as a nose cone of a thin black rocket. On parachute ejection, the nose cone would split into many pieces, depicting the destruction of the movie Death Star. Kenner Products was a toy company founded in 1947 by three brothers, Albert, Phillip, and Joseph L. Steiner, in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, and was named after the street where the original corporate offices were located. ... A GMC Astro tractor-trailer model from AMT Aluminum Metal Toys, or AMT for short, is a Troy, Michigan-based company that manufactures various plastic models, particularly those of big trucks. ... For other uses, see Lego (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Decipher, Inc. ... Wizards of the Coast (often referred to as WotC or simply Wizards) is a publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes. ... Star Wars Customizable Card Game (SW:CCG) is a customizable card game based on the Star Wars fictional universe. ... Star Wars: The Trading Card Game (TCG) is the most recent collectible card game to use the Star Wars license. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... Estes Industries (AKA Estes-Cox Corporation) is a company based in Penrose, Colorado, USA that designs and builds model rocket and model aircraft engines and kits. ...


See also

The following is a list of Star Wars superweapons, or the Star Wars version of weapons of mass destruction. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Death Star (Behind the Scenes). Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
  2. ^ a b c Death Star II (Behind the Scenes). Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
  3. ^ a b Death Star (Expanded Universe). Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved on 2007-08-09.
  4. ^ a b Slavicsek, Bill (1991-06-01). Death Star Technical Companion. West End Games. 
  5. ^ Reynolds, David (1998-10-05). Incredible Cross-Sections of Star Wars, Episodes IV, V & VI: The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft. DK Children. ISBN 0789434806. 
  6. ^ Death Star II (Expanded Universe). Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
  7. ^ (2004-08-16) Inside the Worlds of Star Wars, Episodes IV, V, & VI: The Complete Guide to the Incredible Locations. DK Children. ISBN 0756603072. 
  8. ^ Hoskins, Colin; Stuart McFadyen and Adam Finn (1994). The Environment in which Cultural Industries Operate and Some Implications. Canadian Journal of Communication. Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “Their strategy has been to paint a doom-and-gloom scenario with respect to the effect of expected U.S. DBS services, dubbing the satellites "death stars."”
  9. ^ Agents: A Big Week for CAA!. Defamer. Gawker Media (2007-03-16). Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “We're told that most of the agency is away on a weekend retreat in Ojai, leaving the Death Star defended solely by some call-rolling drones”
  10. ^ Death Star Space Station. SirStevesGuide.com Photo Gallery. Steve Sansweet. Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  11. ^ Death Star. SirStevesGuide.com Photo Gallery. Steve Sansweet. Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  12. ^ LEGO Death Star. Star Wars Cargo Bay. Lucasfilm. Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  13. ^ #X: T-16 Skyhopper, Lars Family Landspeeder, Death Star II (1996). Star Wars Cargo Bay. Lucasfilm. Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  14. ^ #XIV: Landing Craft, Death Star, Speeder Swoop (1998). Star Wars Cargo Bay. Lucasfilm. Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  15. ^ Star Wars Customizable Card Game Complete Card List (PDF). Decipher, Inc. (2001-08-23). Retrieved on 2007-08-23.

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Star Wars: Databank | Death Star (533 words)
The Death Star was to be an instrument of terror, meant to cow treasonous worlds with the threat of annihilation.
The technical schematics for the Death Star were developed by the cutting edge technologists of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.
With the defeat of the Separatists and the Republic's transformation into Empire, the Death Star project fell under the command of Grand Moff Tarkin, one the Empire's preeminent governors.
Death Star - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki (2862 words)
The Death Stars were the first in a long series of superweapons developed to execute the Tarkin Doctrine, but whose concept had been explored even before the Clone Wars.
The Death Stars, the Galactic Empire's ultimate terror weapons, were battle stations several hundred kilometers in diameter and mounting a directed energy superlaser capable of completely destroying a planet with a single shot.
The Death Star was born in the mind of Raith Sienar, who had conceived of it as an Expeditionary Battle Planetoid.
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