Official White House Response to Death Star Petition

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You usually think of government employees as not having a sense of humor, but this response fromPaul Shawcross, the Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget is pretty funny and actually shows he knows something about the movies.

 

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TOSecure 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 Starhas been estimatedto 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-sizedInternational Space Stationin 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, throughNASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuinghuman missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve gottwo spacecraft leaving the Solar Systemand we’re building aprobe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discoveringhundreds of new planets in other star systemsand building a much morepowerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescopethat will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do havefloating robot assistantson the Space Station, a President who knows his way around alight saberandadvanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on buildingLuke’s arm, floatingdroids, and quadrupedwalkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has heldthe first-everWhite Housescience fairsandAstronomy Night on the South Lawnbecause 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.

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.

 

source: WhiteHouse.gov

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