More than 25,000 American citizens signed a petition urging the United States government to build its own Death Star. Thus, the White House was obligated to research and respond to the query. The official response, as composed by Paul Shawcross, the chief of the Science and Space branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, cited the death star’s estimated cost ($850,000,000,000,000,000), and posed this question:
“Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”
Hmm. Good one. Here’s the rest of the (surprisingly detailed) response, including the fact that NASA’s very real Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office is known by the acronym: C3PO.