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Tramite una petizione online sul sito “we the people“, 34.435 americani hanno chiesto al presidente americano Barack Obama di costruire la Morte Nera di Star Wars entro il 2016.

Trovo questa richiesta geniale … ma è ancora più geniale come la Casa Bianca abbia risposto ai cittadini.

La risposta è stata data da Paul Shawcross, capo della dipartimento Scienza e Spazio presso l'Ufficio di Gestione e Bilancio della Casa Bianca.

Questa la petizione

Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.

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, and more, and strengthen our national defense.

Questo un estratto della risposta del governo

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here's how) and you'll notice something already floating in the sky — that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We've also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.


Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

Trovo questa petizione fantastica …

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