Obama says no to building ‘Death Star,’ citing costs, unwillingness to destroy planets

By StaffAssociated Press January 14, 2013 at 8:00 am
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The Obama Administration has no desire to build the Death Star superweapon from the Star Wars films.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A “Death Star” won’t be a part of the U.S. military’s arsenal any time soon.

More than 34,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the Obama administration to build the “Star Wars” inspired super-weapon to spur job growth and bolster national defense.

But in a posting Friday on the White House website, Paul Shawcross, an administration adviser on science and space, says a Death Star would cost too much to build — an estimated $850 quadrillion — at a time the White House is working to reduce the federal budget.

Besides, Shawcross says, the Obama administration “does not support blowing up planets.”

The U.S., Shawcross points out, is already involved in several out-of-this-world projects, including the International Space Station, which is currently orbiting Earth with a half-dozen astronauts.

RYOT NOTE: While it may not be practical to build the Death Star anytime soon, we do need to push the limits with space exploration. The National Space Society is doing just that. They even hope that one day in the not-so-distant future, we’ll have a colony of humans on Mars! You can support their far-out mission by donating today, or by sharing this story.

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