Scientists in China and Japan are working to create a space elevator, and an experiment aboard the International Space Station could help point the way. [Read More]
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#NASA says the basic concept of a space elevator is sound, and researchers around the world are optimistic that one can be built.
Now an experiment to be conducted soon aboard the International Space Station will help determine the real-world feasibility of a space elevator.
“The space elevator is the Holy Grail of space exploration,” says Michio Kaku, a professor of physics at City College of New York and a noted futurist.
A space elevator would be the single largest engineering project ever undertaken and could cost close to $10 billion to build.
As commonly conceived today, a space elevator would consist of motorized elevator pods that are powered up and down a ground-to-space tether.
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Source: Nbc News