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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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Marcie Roy Daniel Will they have multiple stops and can I enter the elevator and hit all off the buttons and get off before it begins to ascend? It would make for a long ride.
27 Sep 2021
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Fatih Hilmi Candan Marcie Roy Daniel, bizim Türkler o asansörle karşılaşsa bütün katlara basar binmez
01 Oct 2021
Kadir Habbo Mümkün Olursa mükemmel proje
07 Mar 2021
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Alan Mars I respectfully disagree. Space elevators on earth are likely to be postponed due falling costs to get payload to space. Also perhaps Vancouver's latitude makes such a project less likely to take priority over a similar structure that can be built at the equator. It doesn't help that Haro Strait crosses the US and Canadian border.
22 Dec 2019
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Mehmet Ali Atabey hope you are right
19 Sep 2019
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Victor Abraham Delnore hope your right
28 Aug 2019
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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
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