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Memory-beta

Up to date as of February 02, 2010
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Earth measurements are used as the standard unit of measurement in the United Federation of Planets.

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Kilometer

A kilometer (km) is an SI (System Internationale) unit of length equal to one thousand meters.

1 km ~ 0.62137 miles

(TOS movie: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

See also: kilometer article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Millimeter

A millimeter (mm) is an SI unit of length equal to 1/1,000 of a meter.

1 mm ~ 0.03937 inches

(TOS episode: "The Savage Curtain")

See also: millimeter article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Inch

An inch (in) was originally based on the width of an average person's thumb. It was later refined based on SI units.

1 inch ~ 2.54 cm

(TOS episode: "Is There In Truth No Beauty?")

See also: inch article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Starwars

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

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This article is about the unit of measure. You may be looking for the trooper of the same name.
"How far would you say we’ve come?"
"Odometer reads one kilometer. This is one long tunnel"
Cadet Leader Kyle Katarn and Sergeant Major Hong(audio)Listen (file info)

The kilometer, sometimes abbreviated as the klick, was a well-known distance-measurement, in use from the time of the Old Republic onwards. A device used for measuring distance such as kilometers was the odometer.

Behind the scenes

References to "kilometers" and "klicks" sometimes occur in character dialogue in Star Wars material, for instance when Thrawn compares them to Chiss visvias. There are several possible explanations for what the Star Wars kilometer is:

  • A conversion of a distance-unit of a different length into a scale more familiar for the reader.
  • A translation of the Basic name of a unit of approximately the same size, but not exactly the same 1,000 meter length.
  • The real-world measurement, somehow also being used in "a galaxy far, far away..."

A reference to klacks in The Rebel Opposition was a typo for "klicks."

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