Watch the 2nd Trailer for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

The the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was unveiled Thursday during Olympic coverage on NBC. The film, directed by Gareth Edwards, stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, the leader of a team tasked with stealing plans for the Death Star ahead of the events of the first Star Wars movie (now called Episode IV: New Hope) in 1977. Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna are … Continue reading Watch the 2nd Trailer for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

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Seriously, I Want To Discuss the Architecture of the Death Star

An Architect's Guide to Famous Villain's LairsNo joke… Fellow Star Wars nerds (like myself) recognize the Death Star as an awesome symbol of the crookedness and brutality of the Galactic Empire.  That statement kind of goes without saying since it’s called the DEATH Star, but as Esther Inglis-Arkell from io9 points out, it’s also an “absolute miracle of plumbing,” architectural design and engineering.  The point of reference to that claim lies in imagining just how much tubing is required and the possible number and sizes of the water tanks necessary to maintain the water pressure for a small moon. You could also ask yourself, since the Death Star is a VERY LARGE space station, how its artificial gravity is set up; I’m in the group of fans that believe that — similar to Earth — the artificial gravity on the Death Star goes top to bottom, pulling you towards the center of the ship.  If that is the case, you’d need either one huge water tank at the top, with numerous smaller water tanks at regular intervals over the ship’s entire surface.

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