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Answered By: Sara Stambaugh, Digital Services Librarian
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2016     Views: 111

While it seems like something out of science fiction... wait, it is out of science fiction. The Death Star that appears in the Star Wars series is technically something that could probably be built one day. Petitioners to the United States government thought that building a working replica would be a good way to boost the economy and create jobs.

The petition actually got 34,435 signatures but was ultimately turned down by the White House.

This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For outlines the reasons why the U.S. will not be exploring this space creation; a few of the highlights of the Official White House Response appear here:

  1. Students at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania worked out how much it would cost to build the Death Star and came up with a figure of $8,100,000,000,000,000 ($8.1 quadrillion!?), which is 13,000 times the world's GDP.
  2. The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  3. Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

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