The answer is 'No'.
That was the answer issued Saturday in a reply which is required any time a petition gets the 25,000 required supporters required for a response.
The White House not only explained why the country wouldn't be pursuing a Death Star, they had a little fun with the process, and proceeded to commend our current space program.
The reasons given for not building a Death Star?
- The enormous cost of the structure, estimated to be $850 quadrillion. (the serious answer)
- The administration opposes the destruction of planets (pretty serious as well)
- "Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw than can be exploited by a one man starship?" (True, and serious to Star Wars fans everywhere)
The reply mentioned space projects the US is already involved in, including the next generation successor to the Hubble Space telescope, the International Space Station, and the expansion of private industry in space.
It stated, "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 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 petition was started November 14 on the petition site, and suggested that a real life 'Death Star' would spur job creation and solve all national defense problems by 'sheer intimidation'.
The reply was written by Paul Shawcross, White House budget expert and the person in charge of science and space.
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