White House Nixes Death Star

The Death Star in A New Hope

Someday, maybe. Keep writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not long ago, I posted about an online petition requesting that the American government build a Death Star like the one in seen in the Star Wars films, most notably “A New Hope.”

Since the petition garnered roughly 34,000 signatures, and since the White House responds to all petitions with 25,000 signatures or more, it was only a matter of time before the request was answered.

And on Friday, that answer finally came: NO.

“The administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon,” Paul Shawcross wrote in the official White House statement. Shawcross is chief of the Science and Space Branch of the Office of Management and Budget.

“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,” Shawcross continued. And then he tipped his hat to the Lucas science fiction universe and proved that he was also a fan.

“Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, 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.”

So it looks like a Death Star will have to wait, but for how long?

Posted on January 14, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

All replies welcome

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: