December 10, 2015 4:13 PM EST

A NASA scientist says the best way to build a Death Star is to make one out of an asteroid.

Brian Muirhead, chief engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told WIRED that an asteroid makes an ideal building block for a Death Star, the planet-destroying space station in the original Star Wars trilogy. Why? Because it would provide metals, organic compounds and water. “All the building blocks you would need to build your family Death Star,” he says.

Muirhead is working on a Asteroid Redirect Mission for NASA. The plan isn’t to create a Death Star (as far as we know) but for the team to land on an asteroid, pick up a boulder from the surface and put it in orbit around the moon. A crew would go then go to it and collect samples.


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