|Death Star Petition Urges White House To Build Killer Space Station
Americans are petitioning the White House to go where it has never gone before -- to construct a "Death Star" by 2016 to "strengthen our national defense."
In the "Star Wars" film series, the Death Star was a space station about the size of a small moon that was equipped with laser weapons powerful enough to destroy planets. And if another 24,000 people sign the petition before its Dec. 14 deadline, a White House official will ostensibly be forced to give serious consideration to the issue of building one.
"Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016," the petition reads. "By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering space exploration."
With defense spending already facing the ax in ongoing budget negotiations, a proposal to expend billions upon billions upon billions of dollars on a U.S. version of the Death Star does not appear promising. Estimates have placed the cost of the needed steel production alone at 13,000 times the world's gross domestic product. (No mention was made of the technological feasibility of the project.)