We recently ran a story on TG Daily about the cost of building a real Death Star.
Basically it would take an enormous amount of steel, manpower and money, and would reportedly cost $852 quadrillion, which is 13,000 times the world’s gross national product.
Now there’s a report on Foxnews
about how there’s a petition up on WhiteHouse.gov asking our President to build a Death Star. The petition reads, in part, "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." (The petition hopes construction will start by 2016).
According to Foxnews, the petition garnered 13,302 signatures, compared to a petition asking for more NASA money only got 3,964 votes. At the same time, the Death Star petition needs 11,700 more signatures, 25,000 total, before it makes it to the President’s desk. Even if it ends up reaching him, I can only imagine Obama laughing when he reads it. Just imagine the political cartoons, with Princess Leia pleading, “Help us Obama, you're own only hope.”
As funny as this story is, building a Death Star would be like buying the Brooklyn Bridge. What on earth can you really do with it? Where can you take it? If a full sized Death Star really existed, could you rent it out for office space? Roll it down the street for fun? Make it a tourist attraction like the world’s biggest ball of twine?
If you really want the building of a Death Star to go into action, you only have so much time to get this up to 25,000 signatures. The deadline is reportedly December 14, but if this petition doesn’t make it, maybe one day we’ll have the technology to actually build one of these things in the future, and really establish ourselves as the world’s superpower with this huge ball of destruction floating over our enemies.