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Original Star Wars Tatooine Sets Saved by Tunisian Locals

Original Star Wars Tatooine Sets Saved by Tunisian Locals
More than 40 years ago, George Lucas set up shop on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Tunisia, nestled between Algeria and Libya, to film scenes on his desert planet of Tatooine for Star Wars: A New Hope. He even named the planet after the Tunisian village of Tatouine, and now locals are doing their part to restore the sets that have been left behind for more than four decades, while a tourist agency is trying to draw more visitors to the area. While for many years, threats of terrorism kept Star Wars fans from visiting the once-volatile area, that isn't the case anymore.

Dw.com reports that there are two spots in particular that have become a haven for Star Wars fans, Ong Jimel, which lies in southwest Tunisia, and the village of Matmata. While these names may not have significant meaning on their own, they were quite important in Star Wars lore.
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Star Wars Moisture Farming Is Becoming a Reality

Star Wars Moisture Farming Is Becoming a Reality
The 1977 classic Star Wars: A New Hope gave fans their first look at this galaxy far, far away, and our introduction to one of the most iconic characters of all time, Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker. While fans could easily relate to Luke's plight, wanting to leave his adopted family's farm to strike out on his own, we learned quickly that almost everything in this universe is different than our own, including the farm he lived on. Luke's uncle Owen Lars (Phil Brown) and aunt Beru Lars (Shelagh Fraser) ran a moisture farm on the desert planet of Tatooine, where they used devices called "vaporators" to draw moisture from the air to produce drinking water, and today we have word that this fictional technology may become a reality.

CNN has presented a report from Amin Al-Habaibeh, a Professor of Intelligent Engineering Systems at Nottingham Trent University, as part of an
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Revealed: Star Wars Originally Had Female X-Wing Pilots

Quick! Name three female characters from the original Star Wars! Well, there was Princess Leia. And Luke.s aunt Beru (Shelagh Fraser). And . um. Well . there was, uh, Ashoka? No, that was Clone Wars. Were any of the Jawas female? Clearly George Lucas wasn.t going out of his way to be politically correct back in 1977 when he took audiences to a galaxy far, far away for the initial Star Wars. In fact, according to a story on Buzzfeed, Lucas went out of his way to cut three female Rebel pilots who were shot on camera during the climatic attack against the Death Star, then clipped from the final cut before it reached theaters. Kudos actually go out to Lucas for coming up with female fighter pilots, and using actresses of varying ages. As you can see in the second photo, one woman was nearly a senior citizen, suggesting that
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