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Space Elevators--Do They Exist?
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1210440:MV8xMzAzNjg1XzIxMzc3NzYwXzE1NzQwRjk2] [quote:Chapman_Baxter] Just found this in my subs (BBC4 so may be unavailable to non-UK'ers, let me know). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXt2-xi2yLc[/youtube] [/quote] Thanks, I got it just fine. Very interesting, such a showman, ain't he. Anyway, I couldn't help asking myself just how they knew that the Kevlar material would only support 2 or 3 people for a journey from earth to space without having tried it out already? Formulas and models are one thing, but to think they haven't been testing this out under real conditions already is just a bit naive. [/quote]
Check out this promotional vid for one of the MANY companies that is working on prototypes of space elevators:
I remember reading Arthur C. Clarke's book "Fountains of Paradise" ages ago and figuring we'd have space elevators soon, but 25+ years later they still haven't figured it out?
Have they already put them into operation and hid their existence?
This idea occured to me while watching the interesting documentary "Moon Rising" where a graphic artists shows his retouched pictures of the moon and space from NASA.
His process reveals some interseting formations in space that seem to have ribbons extending down to the earth:
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