From the website:
“We’ve a mission for you. A major weapons test is imminent. We need to know how to destroy it.”
Star Wars teaches us many things. It teaches us about the conflicts between good and evil, about choosing our destinies, and about the value of friendship. It also teaches us about the value of good military intelligence.
By now, Star Wars fans everywhere understand how powerful and deadly a weapon the Death Star was. Its superlaser destroyed the planet Alderaan in an instant. We also know that Grand Moff Tarkin and the Empire had planned to use the Death Star to destroy the Rebellion’s secret base and crush the Rebellion. And we know that those plans were thwarted largely by Luke Skywalker when he blew up the Death Star by firing a proton torpedo into the station’s thermal exhaust port.
What we might sometimes overlook, though, is the fact that Luke wouldn’t have been able to take his shot if the Rebellion’s analysts hadn’t first identified the Death Star’s vulnerability. And those analysts wouldn’t have been able to identify that vulnerability if they hadn’t been able to review the Death Star’s schematics.
The theft of the Death Star’s schematics had a monumental impact upon the shape of the Galactic Civil War, and Rogue One soon promises to regale us with the tale of those Rebel spies charged to steal them—Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Bodhi Rook, and their crew.