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Lift could take passengers straight into space
Posted By admin On September 22, 2008 @ 11:30 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled
London Telegraph 
Monday, Sept 22, 2008
Japanese scientists are attempting to build a lift that will take passengers 62,000 miles into space.
The project could see the realisation of a vision that has inspired science fiction writers for generations.
The lift’s carriages, which will themselves require new feats of engineering, would move up and down 22,000 mile-long cables.
Those cables would need to be stronger and lighter than any material ever woven.
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They would be anchored to the ground and disappear into the sky, eventually reaching a satellite docking station orbiting above the Earth.
Scientists hope that as well as carrying human passengers, the carriages could also haul huge, solar-powered generators that could power homes and businesses back on Earth. It could also remove barrels of nuclear waste, dumping them into space.
“Just like travelling abroad, anyone will be able to ride the elevator into space,” Shuichi Ono, chairman of the Japan Space Elevator Association, told The Times.
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