In the original Star Wars movie, Han Solo boasted that his beloved Millennium Falcon was “the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.” In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, that meant that Solo’s ship was not only extremely fast, it was also capable of navigating a dangerous cluster of black holes with Han and Chewie at the helm.
But is the Millennium Falcon the fastest ship in the universe?
A newly released infographic tackles that question by comparing the Millennium Falcon and several other iconic sci-fi ships along with a few real world spaceships built by NASA. As it turns out, Solo’s ship really is among the fastest ever imagined. It just edges out Boba Fett’s Slave One as the fastest ship in the Star Wars universe. However, it only comes in as the sixth fastest ship on this list.
By no means is this infographic completely comprehensive. And we can’t help but notice that no ships from Babylon 5 or Farscape made the cut. But the infographic does pull in famous starships from numerous franchises and even a few obscure sci-fi films. Star Trek, Doctor Who, Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica, Red Dwarf, Firefly, Transformers, and more are all represented here.
More intriguingly, the makers of this infographic actually considered the math when making the list. For example, “Eagle 5 from Spaceballs is said to be going ‘1,500 light leagues per minute.’ A league is the distance a man can walk in a day. If a light league is the distance light can go in a day, Eagle 5 can travel at 90,000 times the speed of light unless Lone Star has a bottle of Liquid Schwartz. Spaceball 1 can attain a new speed definitely faster than light speed. It’s a speed so fast it causes the universe to appear in plaid. After engaging Ludacris speed for 1 minute and 5 seconds of movie time, Barf says Spaceball One must have overshot the space RV by ‘a week and a half.’ This sets our top speed for the megalithic Spaceball One.”
Sci-fi fans, do you agree with the infographic’s winner as the Fastest Ship in the Universe? Chart a course for the comment section below!