Is there a real chance that in the future we will swing lightsabers and fly X-Wings? Read this interesting report about the reality of Star Wars Science. You can find the complete story at msnbc.com.
EVEN AMONG science-fiction stories, the â€œStar Warsâ€ movies are something of a breed apart. Instead of attempting to foretell our future in space, the tale is set â€œlong ago, in a galaxy far away.â€ And the scientific marvels of that long-ago age, such as faster-than-light travel and synthetic space gravity, are employed primarily to facilitate a ripping good yarn.
For example, director George Lucas patterned the space chases and races after dogfights in World War II epics, motorcycle chases and chariot races. As a result, spaceship engines scream â€” even though there is no medium to transmit sound in the vacuum of space. The winged fighters bank and pirouette in space just as they would in Earthâ€™s atmosphere. Weightless hovercraft swoop a couple of feet off the ground as if they were wheeled vehicles. And passengers aboard starships donâ€™t have to trouble themselves over the effects of zero-gravity. â€œ
But strangely enough, there are some things that seem, well, less unbelievable now than they did in 1977 when the first â€œStar Warsâ€ movie came out, says Jeanne Cavelos, an astronomer and author who wrote â€œThe Science of â€˜Star Wars.â€™â€