When the space shuttle Discovery launched the STS-120 astronaut crew in October 2007 the force was with them. On board the orbiter with the new module for the International Space Station was the original prop lightsaber.
The lightsaber was used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film “Star Wars”. The Jedi used laser sword was flown into space and back in honor of the 30th anniversary of the George Lucas franchise. Seven films have arisen from the Star Wars franchise including the first one in 1977.
It has become a worldwide phenomenon. The trilogy was first released in three year intervals between 1977 and 1983. Then, sixteen years later Lucas began work on three prequels that were also released in three year intervals between 1999 and 2005.
It is currently the third highest grossing film series behind Harry Potter and James bond. The lightsaber is the iconic weapon of the series.