Make way for the ultimate high-rise project: the space elevator. Long viewed as science fiction “imagineering”, researchers are gathering momentum in their pursuit to propel this uplifting concept into actuality. Forget the roar of rocketry and those bone jarring liftoffs. A cable anchored to the Earth’s surface, reaching tens of thousands of kilometers into space, balanced with a counterweight attached at the other end is the basic design for the elevator. The space elevator will reduce the cost of getting from Earth to space. It will also allow us to take very large payloads into space very easily, very safely.
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