The Death Star is a fictional space station appearing in the Star Wars movies and Star Wars Expanded Universe. Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope (originally released as Star Wars) is a 1977 Space opera Fiction is the telling of stories which are not real More specifically fiction is an imaginative form of Narrative, one of the four basic Rhetorical modes. A space station is an artificial structure designed for Humans to live in Outer space. Star Wars is an epic Space opera franchise initially conceived by George Lucas during the 1970s and significantly expanded The Star Wars Expanded Universe encompasses all of the officially licensed fictional background of the Star Wars universe outside of the six feature films 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: Return of the Jedi. Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope (originally released as Star Wars) is a 1977 Space opera Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi is a 1983 Space opera Film directed by Richard Marquand and written by George Lucas
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.  Portraying an incomplete yet powerful space station posed a problem for Industrial Light and Magic's modelmakers for Return of the Jedi. Industrial Light & Magic ( ILM) is a motion picture Visual effects company that was founded in May 1975 by George Lucas and is owned Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi is a 1983 Space opera Film directed by Richard Marquand and written by George Lucas  Only the front side of the 137-centimeter model was completed, and the image was flipped horizontally for the final film.  Both Death Stars were depicted by a combination of complete and sectional models and matte paintings. Technique Matte painting is a traditional Visual effects technique wherein a painted image is combined with film footage to alter enhance or extend the set 
The original Death Star, commanded by Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing), is the Galactic Empire's "ultimate weapon" in A New Hope. Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi is a 1983 Space opera Film directed by Richard Marquand and written by George Lucas Grand Moff Governor Wilhuff Tarkin is a Fictional character in the Star Wars universe andwas one of the two main antagonists in 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 The Galactic Empire is one of the main factions in the Star Wars universe. A superweapon is an extremely powerful Weapon by the standards of its time and its scale The film opens with Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) transporting the station's schematics to the Rebel Alliance to aid them in destroying it. Leia and Princess Leia redirect here For the Blackadder character see Princess Leia of Hungary. Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American actress, Screenwriter and Novelist. A schematic is a diagram that represents the elements of a System using abstract graphic Symbols rather than realistic pictures The Alliance to Restore the Republic (commonly known as the Rebel Alliance) is an interstellar force formed in direct military opposition to the Galactic Empire in Tarkin orders the Death Star to destroy Leia's home world of Alderaan in an attempt to pressure her to betray the Rebels. Not to be confused with the star Aldebaran. Alderaan is also the name of a real asterism; see Alderaan (astronomy. At the film's climax, Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) trust in the Force allows him to destroy the Death Star. The climax (from the Greek word “κλῖμαξ” ( klimax) meaning “staircase” and “ladder” or turning point of a Narrative Luke Skywalker is the main protagonist of the Star Wars universe portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American Actor, Comedian and Voice actor. The Force is one of the main concepts in the fictional Star Wars universe, created by George Lucas. 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. Anakin Skywalker Darth Vader is a fictional character in George Lucas ' Science fiction saga Star Wars. David Prowse, MBE (born 1 July, 1935) is an English bodybuilder weightlifter and actor most widely known for his role as the physical form Palpatine is a Fictional character in George Lucas 's Science fiction saga Star Wars. Ian McDiarmid (born 11 August 1944 is a Scottish Tony Award -winning actor and Theatre director. The first Death Star also appears in the Star Wars prequel trilogy: its schematics are visible in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and the end of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith shows the Death Star early in its construction. Star Wars is an epic Space opera franchise initially conceived by George Lucas during the 1970s and significantly expanded Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones is a 2002 Film directed by George Lucas and written by Lucas and Jonathan Hales Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 Space opera Film written and directed by George Lucas.
The Death Stars appear throughout the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Palpatine is a Fictional character in George Lucas 's Science fiction saga Star Wars. Ian McDiarmid (born 11 August 1944 is a Scottish Tony Award -winning actor and Theatre director. Anakin Skywalker Darth Vader is a fictional character in George Lucas ' Science fiction saga Star Wars. Hayden Christensen (born April 19 1981 is a Golden Globe Award -nominated Canadian Actor. Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 Space opera Film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the subject of Michael Reaves and Steve Perry's novel Death Star. 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 Steve Perry (born August 31, 1947) is an American television writer and Science fiction Author. Death Star is a 2007 Science fiction novel by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry that is set in the Star Wars galaxy In LucasArts' Star Wars: Battlefront II, the player participates in a mission to secure crystals used in the Death Star's superlaser. LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC is an American Video game developer and publisher. Star War Battlefront II is a First-person shooter / Third-person shooter Video game developed by Pandemic Studios, and published by 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. Kevin J Anderson (born March 27, 1962) is an American Science fiction Author. The Jedi Academy trilogy is a trilogy of Novels set in the Star Wars galaxy. Kalakar VI was a volcanic spoon of Dromund Kalakar in the Outer Rim A black hole is a theoretical region of space in which the Gravitational field is so powerful that nothing not even Electromagnetic radiation (e 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. An expanded radio dramatization of the original Star Wars trilogy was produced in 1981, 1983, and 1996. Bail Organa is a Fictional character from the Star Wars universe, played in Star Wars Episodes II and III by Jimmy Smits. Stephen Elliott ( November 27 1918 - May 21 2005) was an American Actor. 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. Star Wars Dark Forces is a Video game produced by the LucasArts Entertainment Company. 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. Steve Perry (born August 31, 1947) is an American television writer and Science fiction Author. Star Wars Shadows of the Empire is a multimedia project created by Lucasfilm Ltd Star Wars X-Wing Alliance or XWA is the sequel to both Star Wars TIE Fighter and the multiplayer-focused X-Wing vs Combat Flight Simulators are Video games (similar to Flight simulator software used to simulate military aircraft and their operations 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. For the Dark Horse comics series of the same name see Star Wars Rebellion (comics. Star Wars Empire at War is a Real-time strategy game released in February 2006
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.  Its hangars contain assault shuttles, blastboats, Strike cruisers, land vehicles, support ships, and 7,293 TIE fighters. TIE fighters are fictional Starfighters in the Star Wars universe  It is also protected by 10,000 turbolaser batteries, 2,600 ion cannons, and at least 768 tractor beam projectors. In science fiction an ion cannon is a beam weapon that fires beams of Ions (particles i A tractor beam is a hypothetical device with the ability to attract one object to another from a distance  Various sources state the first Death Star has a diameter between 120 and 160 kilometers.  There is a broader range of figures for the second Death Star's diameter, ranging from 160 to 900 kilometers. 
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. "Popular press" redirects here note that the University of Wisconsin Press publishes under the imprint "The Popular Press" 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, Farscape, Tripping the Rift, Twister, Metalocalypse, Crayon Shin Chan, Ogame, AstroEmpires, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Clerks is a 1994 film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also appears in the film in a minor role NewsRadio is an American sitcom, originally broadcast from 1995 to 1999 on NBC. Jim Henson's Muppet Babies was a popular American animated television series that aired from September 15, 1984 to December 29 Futurama is an Emmy Award -winning animated American sitcom created by Matt Groening, and developed by Groening and Lost is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American serial drama television series. Seinfeld is an American Situation comedy, or sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5 1989 to May 14 1998 lasting nine seasons Family Guy is an animated American television sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane that airs on Fox and regularly on other Life on Mars is Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me is the second film in the Austin Powers series, released in 1999. Pinky and the Brain are Cartoon characters who have starred in the American Animated television series Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs Farscape is an American science fiction television series filmed in Australia and produced for the Sci-Fi Channel. Tripping the Rift is a CGI Science fiction Comedy Television series Metalocalypse is an American Animated television series on Adult Swim created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. is a Japanese Manga and Anime series written by Yoshito Usui. OGame is a text-based resource-management and space-war themed online Browser game with over two million accounts Fictional narratives (and works of art exist beyond their completion e Sonic the Hedgehog 2, or simply Sonic 2, is a Platform game developed by American studio Sega Technical Institute
The media in 1980 commented on the resemblance Saturn's moon Mimas' large crater gives it to the Death Star. TemplateInfobox Planet. --> Mimas (ˈmaɪməs, or as Greek TemplateInfobox Planet. --> Mimas (ˈmaɪməs, or as Greek 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. Astronomy (from the Greek words astron (ἄστρον "star" and nomos (νόμος "law" is the scientific study Nemesis is a hypothetical Red dwarf star or Brown dwarf, orbiting the Sun at a distance of about 50000 to 100000 AU, somewhat A star is a massive luminous ball of plasma. The nearest star to Earth is the Sun, which is the source of most of the Energy on Earth Gravitation is a natural Phenomenon by which objects with Mass attract one another A comet is a small Solar System body that orbits the Sun and when close enough to the Sun exhibits a visible coma (atmosphere or a tail — Asteroids, sometimes called Minor planets or planetoids', are bodies—primarily of the inner Solar System —that are smaller than planets but The Oort cloud ( ort alternatively the Öpik-Oort Cloud) is a hypothetical spherical cloud of Comets believed to lie roughly 50 000 AU, EARTH was a short-lived Japanese vocal trio which released 6 singles and 1 album between 2000 and 2001
In the US, networks that compete with FOX refer to American Idol as the Death Star due to its destructive effects on their schedules and ratings. American Idol, with the full title American Idol The Search for a Superstar for the first season only is an American reality-competition In North American (American/Canadian television a midseason replacement is a television show that premieres in the second half of the traditional Television season, usually Nielsen Ratings are audience measurement systems developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the Audience size and composition of television  Enron labeled its fraudulent manipulation of the California power grid "Death Star". Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation (formerly Enron Corporation, former NYSE ticker symbol ENE was an American Energy company based in California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. Electric power transmission, a process in the delivery of Electricity to consumers is the bulk transfer of electrical power 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 In Canada, the term "death stars" was used to describe U. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page S. Direct Broadcast Satellites capable of broadcasting signals into Canada that were not regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Direct broadcast satellite (DBS is a term used to refer to Satellite television broadcasts intended for home reception also referred to more broadly as direct-to-home CRTC may also stand for Cathode Ray Tube Controller. Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ( CRTC, in French Conseil  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". Doonesbury is a Comic strip by G B Trudeau that chronicles the adventures and lives of a vast array of different characters of different ages professions Bloom County was an American Comic strip by Berkeley Breathed which ran from December 8, 1980 until August 6, 1989 Before proposing a merge request please see Talk and see if the merger you propose has recently been made and 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. The Illinois Central, sometimes called the Main Line of Mid-America, was a railroad carrier in the central United States, with its primary routes
The Creative Artists Agency's headquarters has been nicknamed the "Death Star" by the entertainment media. Creative Artists Agency ( CAA) is an entertainment and sports agency which represents a vast array of actors musicians writers directors and athletes as well as a variety 
Kenner released a Death Star play-set. This article is about the toy company For the city see Kenner Louisiana.  AMT created a model of the first Death Star, and Lego in 2005 released a model of the second Death Star. Aluminum Metal Toys, or AMT for short is a Troy Michigan -based company that manufactures various plastic models from the late 1950s Lego, officially trademarked LEGO, is a line of construction Toys manufactured by the Lego Group, a privately  Both Death Stars are part of different Micro Machines three-packs. Micro Machines The Original Scale Miniatures (called either "Micro Machines" or simply "Micros" were a line of toys originally made by Galoob (now part  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. Decipher Inc is an American gaming company based in Norfolk Virginia, USA Wizards of the Coast (often referred to as WotC or simply Wizards) is an American publisher of Games primarily based on Fantasy and Star Wars Customizable Card Game ( SWCCG) is a customizable card game based on the Star Wars Fictional universe. Star Wars The Trading Card Game is the most recent Collectible card game to use the Star Wars license  Hasbro released a Death Star model that transforms into a Darth Vader mech. Hasbro ( is an American Toy company It is one of the largest toy makers in the world second only to the toy giant Mattel. The Transformers is a line of toys produced by the toy companies Takara and Hasbro. Word origin and usage The term "mecha" is derived from the Japanese abbreviation for the English word " mechanical " Estes Industries released a flying model rocket version in 1997, with the Death Star as a nose cone of a thin black rocket. Estes Industries (AKA Estes-Cox Corporation is a company based in Penrose Colorado, USA that designs and builds Model rocket and Model aircraft On parachute ejection, the nose cone would split into many pieces, depicting the destruction of the Death Star in A New Hope.