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Official White House Response toSecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. .

This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

By Paul Shawcross

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.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo -- and soon, crew -- to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn't have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we've got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we're building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don't have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke's arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country's future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

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










さらに、宇宙は政府だけのものではありません。米国の複数の民間企業が、米航空宇宙局(NASA)民間搭乗員・貨物プログラム局(C3PO:Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office)と協力して、NASAのために貨物(および、近いうちに搭乗員も)を宇宙に運び、10年以内に有人の月飛行ミッションを実現しようとしています。



われわれは未来に生きているのです! それを楽しみましょう。さらにおすすめするのは、科学や技術、工学、数学等に関連した仕事について、未来を共に作り出すことです。オバマ大統領は、初めての「ホワイトハウス・サイエンスフェア」と、大統領官邸南庭での「天文学ナイト」を開催しました。これは、これらの分野が米国の未来にとって極めて重要であり、米国が世界をリードして偉業を成し続けるのに不可欠であることを認識しているからです。

あなた方がすでに科学や技術、工学、数学等の仕事につかれているならば、フォースが共にあることでしょう! 覚えておいてください。デス・スターが持つ、惑星を破壊する力、あるいは、恒星系ひとつを破壊する力でさえも、フォースの力と比べれば取るに足らないものなのです。