NASA is launching Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber on the next space shuttle mission. This is not strictly related to San Diego, but it’s cool anyway. The lightsaber will depart Oakland airport, where there will be an official hand off ceremony in which Chewbacca will hand it to officials from Space Center in Houston. Then it will be greeted in Houston by a bunch of stormtroopers and R2D2. They’ll put the light saber in R2’s secret compartment until just before the shuttle takes off in October. At T -20, the astronauts will nod to R2, and he’ll shoot the saber into the open door of the cockpit at the last moment. OK, that last part isn’t true, but everything else is.
Luke’s lightsaber in space!