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Friday, June 02, 2006

Exhibit uses movie relics to turn fantasy into reality

So Luke Skywalker's claptrap Landspeeder is there "in all its beat-up, rusted glory," Rodley fondly reports, as an introduction to the theme of transportation, "Getting Around."

In "Star Wars"-ese, the Landspeeder is a rudimentary repulsor-lift vehicle, which levitates through gravitational repulsion.

Fans longing to levitate like Luke can try out a one-seat hovercraft, "a cross between a fan boat and a riding lawn mower," Rodley says. They'll quickly learn that it's harder to control and stop than a car, "more like trying to steer a large ship."



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