The concept of an elevator that moves from Earth to Space seems like something out a sci-fi movie, but it’s actually on the verge of becoming a reality.
Thanks to the development of mega-strong cables called carbon nanotubes, scientists are working to perfect the design of a 22 thousand mile-long elevator that would carry people and equipment from Earth to Space.
The elevator would be based somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, mounted on a moving platform, and stretch all the way up to the International Space Station.
While the idea sounds exciting, you may be thinking, “Why would we do it?” The answer is simple, an elevator would be more efficient than out current methods of space travel — rockets.
Rockets use massive amounts of fuel and money, but if we had the technology to build an elevator, the costs of travel would be much less. So, what does all this mean? Well, don’t start packing just yet, the finished elevator is still at least 40 years from completion — if it even gets off the ground, so to speak. Scientists are still in the very early stags of developing the technology and plans for the elevator, but it’s still a very cool concept.
Here’s the idea as told by a astrophysicist:
What do you think? Would you ride on the space elevator?