Watch: NASA Explains How They Would Build a Death Star

Friday, 11 December 2015 - 10:49AM
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Friday, 11 December 2015 - 10:49AM
Watch: NASA Explains How They Would Build a Death Star
Scientists have been really down on the Death Star lately, and now NASA engineer Brian Muirhead is throwing his hat in the ring. In this video, he explains that the entire strategy for building the Death Star was wrong, and how NASA would do it differently:



Where the Empire just built the Death Star out of scratch, Muirhead, who is the head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, claims it would be much more efficient to build it out of an existing asteroid.

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"It could provide the metals," Muirhead told Wired. "You have organic compounds, you have water-all the building blocks you would need to build your family Death Star."
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And Muirhead knows from asteroids, as he is the head of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which aims to send a robotic spacecraft to the surface of an asteroid for the first time, collect a multi-ton boulder from its surface, and redirect it to a stable orbit around the moon, allowing astronauts to explore and take samples by the 2020s. 

This just goes to show that science fiction is becoming more concerned with using real science, as the Starkiller Base in The Force Awakens has been revealed to be an ice planet that was carved into a superweapon capable of destroying entire star systems. Maybe now that they've listened to NASA, the Empire's greatest weapon won't be able to be destroyed with a single kill shot.
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