The Space Elevator (Ester Dyson, GE, CNET)


Everyone agrees that NASA’s space shuttles are now outdated and also possibly too dangerous for much more use. Likewise, Russia’s fleet of rockets are aging and far from anything resembling 21st century technology. Interestingly, the alternative to both that receives a great deal of attention is the space elevator. This interview with scientists by Ester Dyson and sponsored by GE and CNET, New Ideas That Matter: The Space Elevator, nicely explains what may seem only to be far-distant science fiction, but is supposedly a more realistic goal than was placing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.

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