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World's first space elevator opens

Space is said to be the final frontier. But at $10,000 simply to put a shuttle into low-Earth orbit, the struggles seem monumental in light of the risk-reward payoff. However, after 30-odd years of construction, a 35,786 km steel cable is erected in Haro Strait, off the coast of Vancouver Island. An elaborate series of barges and docks circle the tower’s base, where pulleys and levers wait to haul precious equipment and building materials into low-Earth orbit. The ISS is the first served, with the elevator being used to shuttle supplies in and out at a fraction of the original cost. Already, tourist companies and independent industries vie for limited use of the tower. Space has never been closer.

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Mehmet Ali Atabey hope you are right 19 Sep 2019
Victor Abraham Delnore hope your right 28 Aug 2019
David Twery I respectfully disagree. I believe that new, improved, and more efficient forms of orbital transport will drive costs down to where a space elevator will be prohibitively expensive for at least another 50 years, i.e., until at least 2100. 12 Jul 2019
Emily Fox This sounds like the novel Starclimber by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel... 06 Feb 2019
Антон Дождиков Стальной трос невозможен такой длинны. Из углеродных нанотрубок, графена - возможно, но тоже не уверен до конца. 06 Feb 2019
KevinYang Sounds cool! I hope the price is pretty low for us!!! 06 Feb 2019
KevinYang I think this is from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! It's like the glass elevator! 06 Feb 2019
Kenny Yang So cool! Wouldn't it be cool to just go onto an elevator and just step into the moon during your morning coffee? I just want to give one suggestion. Why not make a laser(unharmful) to suit you up the minute you step into space? But anyways, this is so cool! Thumbs up! \( @_@)/ ` ~ ` ~ ~ 06 Feb 2019
KevinYang An astronaut would be so happy if he could eat lunch on the moon!!! (0U0)/| 06 Feb 2019
Victor Ionita sorry, but i cannot agree with that, firstly first we need to be capable of building a cable with the capacity of not breaking,and current materials cannot stand that much force, eventualy graphene cables could be made but that tech is far from being true. the second thing is that surely is not going to be vancouver nor any other city in the northern or southern emispheres, if we will build it the most logical option would be on ecuator... well not going to explain all,but you could try and see why by yourselves... 06 Feb 2019
Lordlimabean Space elevators make no sense on earth. 06 Feb 2019
Pedro Arroyo Seems possible, but not sure I agree with the placement. Due to rotational dynamics the elevator wouldn't be placed so far from the equator. 06 Feb 2019