A5_5 Saving Alderaan: A Star Wars Story

Rhys Newland, Thomas Graham, Felix Kaiser, Connor Keaney, Kishen Pankhania


This paper looks into whether or not the fictional planet of Alderaan in the Star Wars universe could be saved from the Empire and their Death Star. This is done by looking at reflecting the laser used to destroy Alderaan back at the Death Star. It was found that the mass of a mirror made of Silver required to reflect and absorb the laser's energy was around 227 times more massive than the Earth. It was, thus, deemed unfeasible to undertake such a task and therefore Alderaan could not be saved.

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