The Death Star is a fictional mobile space station and galactic superweapon featured in the Star Wars is an American epic space-opera media franchise created by George Lucas, which began with the eponymous 1977 film and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon. The franchise has been expanded into various films and... space-opera franchise. The first version, which appears in the original 1977 film Star Wars, is stated to be more than 120 kilometers (75 mi) in diameter, and is crewed by an estimated 1.7 million military personnel and 400,000 droids. The second Death Star, which appears in Return of the Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan and George..., is significantly larger at between 160 kilometres (99 mi) to 900 kilometres (560 mi) in diameter, and while it appears unfinished, is technologically more powerful than its predecessor.