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It’s perhaps a bit of an understatement to say the majority of our team are fans of science fiction, and while our collective tastes run a little more… intense… than the Star Wars films, there’s no denying it’s not only a collection of work worth celebrating for what pioneering achievements they’ve routinely achieved, but also for what they imagined scientists and engineers created a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Here are a few of our favorite things…

Star Wars Engineering (video from May 4, 2019)

Here’s a collection of a few other stories worth checking out while you’re waiting for your transport to the Outer Rim.

IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE? REALLY? HOW STAR WARS INSPIRED A WOMAN TO BECOME ONE.

Here’s a terrific story from StarWars.com about Holly Griffith, whose love of Star Wars help inspire and guide her to NASA’s Mission Control. Yes, she’s literally a rocket scientist.

Princess Leia always stuck with me throughout school and, well, since we weren’t going to be building X-wings or Super Star Destroyers anytime soon, I figured the closest thing was NASA. I thought about what degree I should major in if my final  destination was to work in human spaceflight. I did my research, and Mechanical Engineering seemed like a good choice.

Holly Griffith

THE PRACTICALITY AND PHYSICS OF STAR WARS

The University of Surrey in the UK put together a fantastic page on the science of Star Wars including several videos that are well done and worth your time.

In our Science of Star Wars videos, University of Surrey academics and Star Wars fans Professors Jim Al-Khalili, Yang Gao, Ben Murdin and Julie Yeomans discuss the science behind Star Wars and how far what you see on screen is from reality.

Excerpt from The Science of Star Wars from University of Surrey

MAYBE THE COOLEST PLAYLIST EVER…

Do you love pretending you are in space on your favorite star ship? Well, you have come to the right place. This is the ambient space sounds playlist where you can find all of the best long ambient space sounds in one place.

We could do this kind of thing all day, but we’ve got to get over to Tosche Station and pick up some power converters.

The force will be with you. Always.