Quick! How can you tell when a science fiction movie is truly influential?

Is the amount of money it takes in? How about its longevity at the theater? Or maybe the number of prestigious awards it receives? Well, if you guessed those, you’d be wrong. Just ask George Lucas.

Somewhere in the plush acreage of Skywalker Ranch, Lucas is sitting back, smokin’ a stogie, and tracking the progress of Luke Sywalker’s original lightsaber movie prop on its way into space.

Yesterday, the original lightsaber used by Mark Hamill in 1977′s Star Wars landed in Houston after much fanfare surrounding its California send-off. The famed prop is scheduled to be on display through Labor Day at the Johnson Space Center before its round-trip journey to a galaxy far, far away. Or an international space station, whichever is closer.

In Houston, the lightsaber was escorted by a flank of Storm Troopers to a waiting convoy of land vehicles where it was whisked away to the Space Center. There it awaits its berth on the space shuttle Discovery whose mission is scheduled for October. The Jedi weapon is being flown to the space station in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary.

There is still no word as to whether Jar Jar Binks will also make the journey and be “accidentally” left behind.

[via Club Jade]

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