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Why Build a Space Elevator?

  • By Peter Tyson
  • Posted 01.01.07
  • NOVA scienceNOW

In this illustrated interactive, physicist and space-elevator visionary Brad Edwards describes why we should build a space elevator, how this 21st-century technology would affect the average person, whether it would spark a "land grab" in space, and more.

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Physicist and space-elevator visionary Brad Edwards describes the benefits we'd enjoy with a 22,000-mile cable to space.

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(space elevator port)
Courtesy Bradley C. Edwards/Space Elevator Visualization Group

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