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Earth
Earth (Star Tours)
Astrographical
System

Earth system

Physical
Class

Terrestrial[1]

Primary terrain

Oceans, landmasses[1]

Earth was a planet which the Star Tours travel agency operated on[1] at some point between 1 and 0 BBY.[2] From space, one could see that a major proportion of Earth's surface was covered by oceans, with the remainder consisting of landmasses, and that a web of clouds enveloped the planet in a white veil. Through the Star Tours spaceline, Earth was connected to other worlds such as Coruscant, Kashyyyk, Naboo, Hoth, Geonosis and Tatooine.[1] Around 4.3 ABY, Earth also acted as a hub for flights to Endor, prior to Star Tours being shut down.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

The picture of Earth used on Disney's website for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue[1] is in fact the "Blue Marble," which was created by NASA and was the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth as of 2002.[4]

In the opening crawl shown during the grand opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disney Hollywood Studios, "Earth system" was mentioned.[5] The system's name likewise implied the name of the planet was Earth, which was later confirmed on the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue destinations section on the Disneyland site.

Non-canon historyEdit

Prior to the official creation of the planet in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Earth was also shown in two non-canonical works.

The first, from the Dark Horse serial Into the Great Unknown, featured the planet, although its name was never directly referenced. It acted as a crossover for both the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones franchise, which were not only both developed by George Lucas and written by Lucasfilm, but Harrison Ford also played a role in both franchises (as Han Solo and the titular protagonist, respectively). The specific setting on the planet took place in was cited to be the Pacific Northwest, which in real life was used as the film setting for Endor in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, which was subtly referenced by Han Solo's comment that the forest he crashed landed in resembled Endor. In addition, Chewbacca being called Sasquatch likewise referenced how Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca's actor, had to be accompanied by crew members wearing bright vests during filming while in-costume so he would not be mistaken for Sasquatch (also known as Big-Foot) by people who had stumbled upon the filming set. The events of the comic, in addition to referencing Star Wars, also included some references to the Indiana Jones franchise. Dr. Jones' reference to Atlantis indicated that the comic took place after the events of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

The second reference to Earth was in the StarWars.com blog post "Planet Earth Abandons Death Star Project In Face Of Galactic Imperial Power." At the time the blog post was written, the White House had just refused a petition requesting that they develop their own Death Star, to which the Star Wars Blog staff decided to respond in a tongue-and-cheek manner as if it were an in-universe breaking report from an Imperial standpoint.

Indiana JonesEdit

Definitely not Earth
The Millennium Falcon plummets toward Jones' homeworld

Earth, Doctor Indiana Jones's homeworld, was orbited by at least one moon, had a relatively large amount of surface water, and had a forest resembling that of Endor.[6]

The forest was home to a tribe of Humans that used primitive combat technology like spears, bows, and axes. After the Millennium Falcon crash-landed in the forest and the members of the tribe killed Han Solo with arrows, they started referring to Chewbacca as "Sasquatch." 126 years later, they led Doctor Jones and Shorty to the remains of the ship.[6]

The planet's other places of interest included Atlantis, which Jones had visited prior to encountering the Falcon.[6]

The President of the United StatesEdit

A nation-state leader on Earth carrying the title "President of the United States" once announced that, despite the demands of many citizens of Earth, his government would not build a Death Star. While his administration cited reasons of fiscal responsibility, officials of the Galactic Empire in a statement issued by Galactic Empire Public Relations attributed the decision to cowardice in the face of Imperial military superiority. Admiral Conan Antonio Motti opined that the President's estimates of the Death Star's cost were "ridiculously" high, even for a planet without the industrial capabilities of the Empire. Imperial officials also stated that Earth claims of serious flaws in the Death Star's design were exaggerated, and cautioned "seditious elements within the Imperial Senate" to ignore these claims.[7]

The Galactic Empire Public Relations statement referred to Earth disparagingly as "tiny", "aggressive", and "unimaginatively named." Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin was quoted as saying that a "primitive" planet like Earth would only have disturbed galactic peace with a Death Star, unlike an "enlightened" leader such as Galactic Emperor Palpatine.[7]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Tours – The Adventures Continue : Destinations. Star Tours Adventures at Disneyland.com. Retrieved on January 9, 2013.
  2. According to Star Wars Insider 127, p. 48, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue takes place between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In the attraction's queue, the droid G2-9T refers to the secret base of the Rebel Alliance, the Great Temple on Yavin 4. According to Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika, the Rebels only acquired the key to the Great Temple in 1 BBY. The attraction must therefore take place after that.
  3. [1], Star Tours
  4. The Blue Marble. NASA Visible Earth. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  5. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Into the Great Unknown
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars Blog "Planet Earth Abandons Death Star Project In Face Of Superior Galactic Imperial Power," The Official Star Wars Blog
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