Space Elevator: Extend your Brain

Will Space elevators ever be built?

This concept originates with author Arthur C. Clarke and the Fountains of Paradise.

In reality, such a structure would reach about 60,000 miles into space and be tethered by an anchor point (or points) on earth. Envisioned at the moment is carbon-nanotube construction.

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Over the past weekend a conference near the Microsoft campus addressed the possibilities.

One of the square-one problems that needs focus is potential damage from orbiting 'space junk' which could tear away the tethers.

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