From: Larry Klaes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu May 03 2001 - 09:36:47 PDT
The idea of an elevator to the heavens may sound preposterous, like an
updated version of the Tower of Babel. But it's a serious proposition. Two
independent NASA teams recently thrashed out the technological requirements
for such a project and found them to be feasible. Extraordinarily
demanding, yes, but feasible.
"You're looking at something we can seriously consider building by the
end of this century," says David Smitherman of NASA's Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, who led one of the teams.
The space elevator-an idea long consigned to the wastebasket of
pipe-dream technologies-now looks like a real possibility. Just.
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