2012, Obama a refusé de construire l’Étoile de la Mort

samedi 26 août 2017
par  Julien Daget
popularité : 1%

En 2011, l’administration Obama a mis en ligne un site de pétitions, nommé We The People [1] à l’adresse https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/

Le 14 novembre 2012, un citoyen étasunien a mis en ligne sur ce site la proposition de construire l’énorme station spatiale l’Étoile de la mort :

Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.
By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.

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Ceci n’est pas l’Étoile de la mort
C’est Mimas, une des lunes de Saturne !

Pour obtenir une réponse du gouvernement, les pétitions doivent recueillir au moins 25 000 signatures en un mois. Celle-ci ayant rassemblé 34 435 soutiens, une réponse fut publiée par Paul Shawcross, directeur de la division espace et science au bureau du Budget à la Maison blanche, sous le titre « ce n’est pas la réponse que vous recherchez » [2] :

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 [3]. 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 [4] - 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) [5], 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 [6] and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun [7]. 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 [8].

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station [9], a President who knows his way around a light saber [10] and advanced (marshmallow) cannon [11], 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. [12]

Source : https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/secure-resources-and-funding-and-begin-construction-death-star-2016


Une autre pétition d’août 2012 a permis d’obtenir la recette des bières (la White House Honey Ale et la White House Honey Porter) brassées dans la cuisine de la Maison blanche à l’initiative de Barack Obama :
Sam Kass, Ale to the Chief : White House Beer Recipe [13], 1er septembre 2012 https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/release-recipe-honey-ale-home-brewed-white-house [14]


[1We the People est une référence aux premiers mots de la Déclaration d’indépendance.

[2This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For, une référence à une citation d’Obi-wan Kenobi. Mais si : These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. ☺

[12Quand le gouvernement des États-Unis fait une citation de Dark Vador...

[13Une ale est un type de bière. Ale to the Chief est aussi un clin d’œil à la musique Hail to the Chief.

[14Les recettes sont disponibles aussi à l’adresse https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/01/ale-chief-white-house-beer-recipe


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