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Star Wars fans in the White House and around the country did not want to hear this. The Obama Administration says that it will not build a Death Star, simply because it would cost too much and the Administration isn’t a fan of blowing up other planets.
In an official response to a We The People petition asking the Administration to build such a station that some smugglers might mistake for a moon, Paul Shawcross, the Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House, listed several reasons why the country couldn’t build the station.
Shawcross explains that the cost of a Death Star was estimated at $850,000,000,000,000,000, linking to a Lehigh University study. “We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it,” he wrote.
Next he wrote, “The Administration does not support blowing up planets.” He also wondered why anyone would want to waste taxpayer dollars on a station that could be destroyed by a single ship.
Shawcross also noted that we already have the International Space Station and that we already have two robots on Mars. Space travel is also becoming a private industry, thanks to NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office, which is nicknamed C-3PO. NASA also has several other futuristic gadgets, some of which will be leaving our solar system.
“We are living in the future! Enjoy it,” Shawcross writes. “Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country's future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.”
The original Death Star petition was signed by over 34,000 people and called for the station to be built by the end of Obama’s second term in 2016.