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Star Wars: White House's brilliant response to Death Star petition

President Barack Obama's administration has responded to a petition from 'Star Wars' fans for the US to consider building a Death Star.

Last month the tongue-in-cheek online petition gathered enough signatures to require a response from the White House.

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Titled "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For", the brilliant reply is laden with references to the 'Star Wars' saga.

"The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defence," reads the response, "But a Death Star isn't on the horizon."

It then lists a number of reasons, including that "the Administration does not support blowing up planets" and the estimated price of construction, which comes to an eye-watering $850,000,000,000,000,000 (£526,641,883,519,206,912).

"We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it."

The reply then goes on to list a number of real-life feats of space exploration happening right this second or that are being planned for the future.

These include the International Space Station and "two robot science labs - one wielding a laser - roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet".

"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 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 response also linked to a picture showing that Obama "knows his way around a light saber".

It was written by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

To read the complete response, click here.