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X-Wing Starfighter

South Lobby
29 July - 4 August

In the Star Wars galaxy, T-65 X-wing starfighters are built by the Incom Corporation, and were one of the most advanced starfighters flying when Luke Skywalker battled the Imperials at the first Death Star, during the events of "Star Wars: A New Hope." The ship takes its name from the pair of double-layered wings that deploy into the familiar X formation during combat.

The X-wing Starfighter on display at SIGGRAPH 2005 is of this galaxy, a replica owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. It is one of nine built in Frankfurt, Germany to celebrate the Star Wars Special Editions in 1997. X-wings, each weighing more than 5000 pounds, traveled to Australia, Germany, France, Benelux, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This model still resides at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver, Colorado when not traveling to shows and exhibitions.

Special Session: A Star Wars Retrospective From Industrial Light & Magic: Environments, Space Battles, and the Characters Who Fought Them From 1977 to 2005

Mars Exploration Rover

West Lobby
29 July - 4 August

A full-scale model of the Mars Exploration Rovers currently working on Mars. The Spirit Rover is currently exploring Husband Hill, and the Opportunity Rover is studying Purgatory Dune.
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Special Session: From the Earth to Infinity: Scientists From Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reveal Secrets of the Universe Through Remarkable Images of Mars, Saturn, Earth, and the Deepest Reaches of Space