The best way to build the Death Star is to construct one out of an asteroid, according to a NASA engineer who believes that Star Wars‘ Galactic Empire did things the hard way by shooting materials from a planet and building it in space.
Brian Muirhead, who is currently working on NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, which will land on an asteroid and return a sample of it to the Moon, believes that an already-existing asteroid is the best way to build the fictional weapon. “It could provide the metals,” he says. “You have organic compounds, you have the water – all the building blocks you would need to build your family Death Star.”
Check out the video above to find out more about asteroids, building a Death Star as well as what NASA spacecraft have in common with the spaceships from Star Wars.