The Discovery launched right on time this morning. The shuttle is carrying the Return of the Jedi lightsaber, and George Lucas himself was in attendance at the launch. For the NASA geeks, the AP has plenty of details.
In a interesting sidebar, this mission also marks the first time that there are two women commanding spacecraft at the same time.
The saber is loaded and ready for the trip to space; Fans can leave messages for the space shuttle astronauts.
The Wookiee and several of his costumed friends presented NASA officials with the Skywalker lightsaber today at Oakland International Airport. The lightsaber will be met in Houston by the R2-D2, the 501st and a police escort who will accompany it to NASA