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Monday, January 21, 2013

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The Force was strong, but Obi-Wan Kenobi may still be the only hope for over 34,000 people who signed a petition asking the U.S. government to build a Death Star.

After a "We the People" petition to secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016 received 34,435 signatures, the White House posted "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For," offering reasons why a Death Star isn't quite on the agenda.

In an official response, the White House has declared the construction of a Death Star a no-go.

Lucasfilm via Wikipedia

A petition for the government to fund and construct a Death Star by 2016 gained 34,435 signatures, enough to garner response from the White House.

"We the People" is an online initiative by the Obama Administration that allows citizens to petition the administration on any number of issues. Petitions that gain 25,000 signatures in 30 days are promised a response from the White House.

The response, written by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, shot down the idea of building a Death Star, stating these reasons:

  • Construction of the weapon has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000;
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets; and
  • "Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flow that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"

Saber-Wielding President

There might not be a Death Star in space, but "look carefully and you'll notice something already floating in the sky—that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how human can live and thrive in space for long durations," Shawcross said.

Here on Earth, he adds, a robotic arm project named for Luke Skywalker is being supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help restore functionality with people with upper extremity amputations.

DEKA Research

A robotic arm currently undergoing research and development has been named after Luke Skywalker.

If space exploration and robotic limbs aren't enough, Shawcross encourages disappointed Death Star-seekers to help build the future by pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, or math-related fields. 

"If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! 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," said Shawcross.

Flickr / The White House

President Obama uses a light saber during a U.S. Olympians youth sporting event on the South Lawn of the White House in 2009.

If nothing else, supporters of the Death Star construction can take solace in the Commander-in-Chief's own light-saber skills, evidenced at a 2009 event with U.S. Olympians.


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