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Space Elevator

Can we build a 22,000-mile-high cable to transport cargo and people into space?
Topic: Space + FlightSpace & FlightBrand: NOVA ScienceNOWNOVA ScienceNOW

Program Description

(This video is no longer available for streaming.) It costs about $500 million to take the space shuttle out for a spin. But what if there was another way to get to space? And what if that way were as easy and as cheap as riding an elevator? Well, some people think this kind of trip might be possible someday, thanks to something known as the Space Elevator, a 22,000-mile-long cable that could lift people and payloads straight to outer space.