The White House has officially responded to a petition calling on the US government to "begin a construction of a Death Star by 2016." Though the news for proponents of space fascism wasn't good, Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, did respond in the spirit of the original petition…

Death Stars are fictional moon-sized space stations with the destructive firepower to destroy entire planets, appearing in the original 1977 space-fantasy film Star Wars and its second sequel, Return of the Jedi. (What? Someone out there might not know.)

The original petition, created last November, called for the creation of a Death Star to create jobs and enhance national defense. The petition received 34,435 people, significantly more than the 25,000 required within a 30-day period to prompt a government response.

However, Shawcross points out numerous flaws in the plan, including their weakness to small, one-man starfighters and an estimated cost of $850,000,000,000,000,000. In any case, the Administration "does not support blowing up planets," Shawcross said.

Shawcross goes on to point out that, in the International Space Station, Earth already has a space station of its own, is presently exploring Mars, and is supporting the development of a DEKA prosthesis, dubbed Luke after the Jedi who had a robot hand surgically attached after Darth Vader lopped off the fleshy original.

"We are living in the future!" Shawcross concluded. "Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field."

His response is well worth reading in full.

Source: petitions.whitehouse.gov