White House takes Death Star petition seriously, responds

In a lengthy and carefully thought-out response to a petition by the people of the United States of America to build a Death Star, the Obama administration strikes back with "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For."

Bad news first: no Death Star. The White House cites a projected budget of $850,000,000,000,000,000 (850 quadrillion dollars), security concerns around the Death Star's use of thermal exhaust ports and because the administration "does not support blowing up planets."

That's not it, though. The rest of the response takes the chance to use the attention the quirky petition generated to go to bat for space exploration in a way that's rare, even noting that space "is no longer just government-only." That last bit is used to play up NASA's role in private efforts with the Commercial Crew and Cargo Porgram Office — which, and the White House points this out, abbreviates to C3PO — more than to mention actual private efforts by SpaceX and worth a read.

The White House message, written by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, even gives a throw to the future in general:

 

"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."

 

And right after that, the Force:

 

"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."

 

Oh, hey, speaking of space — here's the latest from NASA.

Via the White House

(Thanks Brandon!)

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