We all know that the president is known for his Geeky Sci-Fi side as well as his admiration for the space program. We also know that he has been known to throw up a Vulcan “Live long and Prosper” (Star Trek) now and again. But last year a petition was started to try and get the US government to start building a death star. And we all know to even get the attention of the Current presidential administration a petition has to get at least 25,000 signatures. So with around 30,000 people supporting the petition and intern the US government building a death star. The document made it to Obamas Desk. It could have been just added to a pile and never got a response or be brushed aside and a standard response could have been written. But Good ole’ Obama decided to take the 3rd road and send a response to the Fans of star wars and Spending about what it would take to build a Death star and why the US government won’t! build one.
With plenty of star wars references and links back to the Nasa website staff member on the presidents head of staff said this about the Petition in response.
“Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.”
This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For
By Paul Shawcross
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
- The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
- The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
- Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
However, look carefully (here’s how) 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 humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.
Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies
Read the full response here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/secure-resources-and-funding-and-begin-construction-death-star-2016/wlfKzFkN