A "Death Star" won't be a part of the U.S. military's arsenal any time soon.
More than 34,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the Obama administration to build the "Star Wars" inspired super-weapon to spur job growth and bolster national defense. Any petition that receives over 25,000 signatures in the first 30 days of posting has to be addressed by the President's office.
But in a posting Friday on the White House website, Paul Shawcross, an administration adviser on science and space, says a Death Star would cost too much to build - an estimated $850 quadrillion - at a time the White House is working to reduce the federal budget. That's right, they actually estimated the cost of building the "Death Star."
Besides, Shawcross says, the Obama administration "does not support blowing up planets."
The U.S., Shawcross points out, is already involved in several out-of-this-world projects, including the International Space Station, which is currently orbiting Earth with a half-dozen astronauts.
With that discussion out of the way, the President can now try to tackle the other problems facing this country, unless someone has $850 quadrillion thay can loan the government for the project.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.