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US Government Rejects Death Star Petition

Jan 14, 2013
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It seems the force just wasn't with a citizen petition urging the U.S. government to start building a death star by 2016.

The Obama administration has rejected the proposal, which came through the White House website We The People.

The administration explained constructing a Death Star, which is an element of the Star Wars movies, would cost $850 quadrillion - almost 57,000 times the amount of U.S. GDP.

The U.S. government also opposes the notion of blowing up other planets as the death star does in the movies, said Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, who wrote the response.

However, Shawcross pointed out the various efforts the U.S. government currently has made for space exploration and advancing science.

"We've got two spacecraft leaving the solar system and we're building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun," Shawcross wrote.

The petition was submitted to the website on November 14 and collected more than 25,000 signatures within a month. That is the minimum required to get an official response.

"By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense," the petition read.

While Shawcross agreed that job creation and national defense are priorities, he urged citizens to advance both by education.

"If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the force will be with us!" Shawcross wrote. "Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the force."

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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