Secluded from galactic turmoil by its location in a little-visited sector of space, Bespin is an astrophysical rarity. An immense gas giant surrounded by a number of moons, the planet contains a band of habitable atmosphere among its endless clouds. In this stratum of life, enterprising prospectors have established floating mining complexes devoted to extracting valuable gasses from deep within the planet. The most well known of these ventures is the opulent Cloud City, formerly under the administration of Lando Calrissian. During the tail end of the Galactic Civil War, the Empire garrisoned Bespin and took over Cloud City, though the outpost and the planet enjoyed freedom after the defeat of the Emperor at the Battle of Endor.
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Bespin History Gallery
The gas giant Bespin is the site of Cloud City, a Tibanna gas mine floating in the planet’s upper atmosphere. During the Galactic Civil War, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa sought refuge from the Empire on Bespin, appealing to Han’s old smuggling buddy Lando Calrissian for help repairing the Millennium Falcon’s hyperdrive.
Unfortunately for Han, the bounty hunter Boba Fett had figured out the Falcon’s destination, and Darth Vader had forced Lando to set a trap for the freighter’s passengers. Vader used his captives to lure Luke Skywalker to Bespin, hoping to turn his son into a servant of the dark side. While father and son dueled, Lando had a change of heart and freed Leia and Chewbacca. But it was too late to prevent Fett from departing with Han, who’d been encased in carbonite.