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Star Wars fans around and above the world celebrate May the Fourth

Sunday - 5/4/2014, 9:00pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- You've heard the famous Star Wars line "May the force be with you." Well, today, May the 4th, has become an unofficial holiday for movie fans, who have been dressing up like Star Wars characters, and spoofing the famous line.

In New York, where there's a Jedi Academy that teaches youngsters how to joust with light sabers, students performed their moves for spectators.

Even NASA is getting in on the fun. The flight engineer onboard the International Space Station sent a special video message to May the Fourth participants. In true movie fashion, the video was jammed by the Empire, until R2-D2 did a fly-by, and fixed the satellite problem. The holiday greeting is on NASA's website.

160-a-07-(Excerpt of Rick Mastracchio (mah-STRAK'-ee-oh), flight engineer, International Space Station, in NASA video)-"Fourth be with you (sound effects)"-NASA flight engineer Rick Mastracchio, taking part in a NASA video celebrating Star Wars Day, is able to send his holiday greeting, after R2-D2 unjammed the signal. (4 May 2014)

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159-a-16-(Excerpt of Rick Mastracchio (mah-STRAK'-ee-oh), flight engineer, International Space Station, in NASA video)-"some communication issues (sound effects)"-NASA flight engineer Rick Mastracchio, in a NASA video, tries to send a Star Wars Day greeting, but, in true movie fashion, it's been blocked by the Empire. (4 May 2014)

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158-a-17-(Excerpt of NASA video, celebrating Star Wars Day, on May the 4th)-"this treachery. Understood"-Excerpt of NASA video, celebrating Star Wars Day, on May the 4th. (4 May 2014)

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148-a-12-(Daniel Reiser (RYZ'-ur), teacher, New York Light Saber Academy, in AP interview)-"in their imagination"-Daniel Reiser, a teacher at the New York Light Saber Academy, say children can learn a lot from Jedi training. (4 May 2014)

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147-a-08-(Jen Roque (ROH'-keh), student, New York Light Saber Academy, in AP interview)-"May the fourth"-Jen Roque, who took part in the New York Light Saber Academy class explains what the event is all about. (4 May 2014)

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149-a-13-(Pranav Shankar (PRAH'-nahv SHAHN'-kahr), 14-year-old student, New York Light Saber Academy, in AP interview)-"be with you"-Pranav Shankar, a 14-year-old student at the New York Light Saber Academy, says the meaning of May 4th really came together in his Jedi training. (4 May 2014)

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146-w-31-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Daniel Reiser, teacher, New York Light Saber Academy and Kessav Shankar, 10-year-old student, New York Light Saber Academy)--May the Fourth be with you. If you're a Star Wars Fan, you know that today, May 4th, is an unofficial Star Wars holiday, based on the franchise slogan "May the force be with you." AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. ((opens with sound)) (4 May 2014)

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150-r-14-(Sound of Jedi Masters dueling, at New York Light Saber Academy class at Ripley's Believe it or Not, in Times Square)--Sound of Jedi Masters dueling, at New York Light Saber Academy class at Ripley's Believe it or Not, in Times Square. (4 May 2014)

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On the Web: www.nasa.gov


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