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Death
Star

The Ultimate Weapon

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Description

The Death Star was the code name of unspeakably powerful and horrific weapons developed by the Empire. The first Death Star was an immense space station that carried a weapon capable of destroying entire planets. The Death Star was to be an instrument of terror, meant to force rebel worlds into surrender under the threat of destruction.

While the massive station is evidence of the evil nature of the Empire, it was also proof of the Empire's greatest weakness -- the belief that technology and terror were superior to the will of beings fighting for freedom. The Rebel Alliance was able to defeat the Death Star threat, as well as a second battle station constructed after the first's destruction.

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Appearances
  1. Episode IV
  2. Episode VI
Homeworld
Geonosis, Endor
Height
The size of a small moon
Type
Mobile battle station
Weapon
Planet-destroying superlaser, as well as thousands of other weapon emplacements
Affiliation
Galactic Empire

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Tarkin

Tarkin

Tarkin oversaw the construction and operation of the first Death Star, and did so with cold authority. It was Tarkin who decided to target Alderaan as a test of the battle station's destructive power.

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Geonosis

Geonosis

The weaponsmiths of Geonosis first developed the Death Star battle plans for the Sith Lords Darth Tyranus and Darth Sidious. The battle station saw construction over the ringed desert world.

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Endor

Endor

The forest moon of Endor served as the Sanctuary Moon for the second Death Star as it underwent construction. A powerful deflector shield enveloped the incomplete station, projected from an immense installation on the moon's verdant surface.

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Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

By trusting the Force, Luke Skywalker was able to fire a volley of proton torpedoes from his X-wing fighter into the vulnerable thermal exhaust port of the first Death Star. It resulted in a chain reaction that destroyed the station, and won the Battle of Yavin for the Rebel Alliance.

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Lando Calrissian

Lando Calrissian

Lando's legendary maneuver at the Battle of Taanab helped get him picked to lead the assault against the second Death Star. When the Emperor played the surprise hand of revealing the Death Star's deflector shield still being active, Lando didn't fold -- he bet it all pushing the Rebel fleet to close in with the Imperial starships.

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