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#16 Hum

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 22:27

I wonder how they will even begin to pay for it, and where they'd get all the raw materials to build the thing.


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Posted 10 December 2012 - 22:32

I don't see a problem with this as long as none of the money is spent on the citizens of the country, After all even if we didn't spend billions on the deathstar we would still be in debt.

In fact I think we should build two just in case, That's the "Fiscally Responsible" thing to do

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 22:33

I'll be happy with a proper Space Shuttle replacement first

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 22:41

I love how the only thing that stops mankind in it's tracks is "How much will it cost?" We'll have a cure for cancer and Aids before we have a cure for Money.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 22:44

All you can say to that is WTF!

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 22:53

This is so ridiculous that I don't even know were to start :/ :no:

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 19:10

I wonder how they will even begin to pay for it, and where they'd get all the raw materials to build the thing.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 23:42

Would be easier and cheaper to retrofit the Moon. ;)

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 00:24

Would be easier and cheaper to retrofit the Moon. ;)


Not quite--

The moon does not have any things to build upon... where as... Mars has frozen Carbon dioxide and water (that can be used to help terra-form it) not to mention there is more gravity on Mars than on the Moon. Though Venus may also be in the running.

Moon's gravity is aprox 1/6 of Earth
Mercury's gravity is approx 1/3 of Earth
Venus's gravity is approx 9/10 of Earth
Mars's gravity is approx 3/10 of Earth

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 15:17

The Whitehouse have issued an official response to the petition:

US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition


The White House has rejected a petition to build a Death Star - a huge battle-station armed with a superlaser as seen in the Star Wars films.
In a playful response, a senior US government official said the Obama administration "does not support blowing up planets".
The official also said the cost - about $850 quadrillion - was too high.
More than 34,000 people had signed the petition, saying the project would spur job creation and strengthen defence.
They also wanted the government to begin construction by 2016.
The White House is obliged to respond to all petitions that gain more than 25,000 signatures.


Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk...canada-20997144

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 22:14

It would be better if NASA got funding to build the NAUTILUS-X, a real life Discovery - class exploration vehicle with an artificial gravity centrifuge.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 13:34

Furthermore The USA (as well as a lot of other countries) has ratified a convention that prohibits weapons in space.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 18:27

Furthermore The USA (as well as a lot of other countries) has ratified a convention that prohibits weapons in space.


Correction: the Outer Space Treaty and SALT II banned weapons of mass destruction (nukes, gas, bioweapos etc.), not restricted effect kinetic energy (ie rail gun, Rods From God), directed energy or conventional weapons.

Let's not forget that until 2006-2007 Soyuz crews carried the TP-82 triple-barreled combo weapon in their standard kit. Now they just carry a conventional automatic pistol.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:03

Thanks for enlightening me, I forgot about the details, anyway, I think it is safe to assume that a Death Star would qualify as a weapon of mass destruction ;-)

Interesting fact about the Soyuz crew, I did not know that.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:31

Why are the Soyuz crew armed? :huh: