White House: Sorry, No Death Star
Unless anyone has $850 quadrillion lying around
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2013 8:46 AM CST
In this 1977 image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, X-wing fighters attack the Death Star in a scene from "Star Wars."   (AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)

(Newser) – They got the required number of signatures on their White House petition to warrant an official response, but advocates of building a death star won't be happy. No dice, says the White House. Among the reasons: the $850 quadrillion price tag is a wee bit expensive and "the administration does not support blowing up planets." Besides, writes the OMB official charged with drafting the response, the International Space Station already provides a fine way to explore space. Read the full response here.