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Star Wars fans ask NASA to build a hyperdrive

Star Wars fans want NASA to develop faster-than-light travel, so that humans can visit other star systems. After all, in the 'Star Wars' universe, the technology was developed a long time ago, in a galaxy far away.

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Star Wars fans have asked NASA to develop hyperspace-capable spacecraft, such as that used by this Imperial Star Destroyer.

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Die-hard "Star Wars" fans have visited the imaginary worlds of Hoth and Tatooine countless times in the sci-fi films, and now they want NASA's help to do some real intergalactic exploring.

At the Star Wars Celebration V convention in Florida over the weekend, "Star Wars" filmmakers and fans asked NASA representatives to develop a hyperdrive that can transport astronauts through space at light speed. And to make it snappy.

After all, in the "Star Wars" universe, the technology was developed a long time ago, in a galaxy far away.

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"The idea of spending six months traveling to Mars doesn't seem very exciting," said Gary Kurtz, producer of the original "Star Wars" in 1977 and its first sequel, "The Empire Strikes Back."

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