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The American space agency is hosting a competition in which a number of entrepreneurs will be showcasing a variety of interesting creations

A National Aeronautics Space Administration competition will draw a number of international scientists to the New Mexico desert for them to unveil a number of different revolutionary projects. The overall goal of the NASA contest is to build some form of a space elevator that would hopefully one day replace expensive rocket missions. Even though the idea of a space elevator constructed out of a long enough cable to lift men and goods into orbit seems a bit outlandish, the entrepreneurs realistically believe it can be done.

University researchers, several corporations and scientists from several countries will test their devices to at the competition next month. Over $400,000 in cash prizes will be made available to the winners to the contests.

The LiftPort Group is one company that has openly stated its intentions of constructing a space elevator . LiftPort announced last month that it has completed a second round of testing on a prototype space elevator platform that stretches over a mile into the sky. The space elevator it hopes to construct would span over 100,000 kilometers. The company will be represented at the NASA challenge next month.

Even though a proper space base hasn't been constructed on Mars, some experts are hypothesizing about the ability of building a space elevator on the red planet. The 24 ½-hour days and proper atmosphere makes it an ideal location for a space elevator. Many scientists cited by the group agree that interested parties should first build some sort of elevator off Earth before even mentioning Mars.

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sad day for dailytech
By jmunjr on 9/5/2006 12:11:35 AM , Rating: 4
Wow, I read most of the posts here and I am just amazed how clueless people really are. Ok, I know there are lots of idiots in the world but I would like to think most of them aren't online too much(cause they are clueless) and those that are certainly would not be reading a technology blog. Well, guess what, this particular blog demonstrates how utterly moronic a LOT of people are. And for you moronic folks, to clarify I am saying the space elevator idea is a logical and prudent one. Some of the things stated here are outright scary. Reminds me of my days as a teacher assistant grading papers for remedial science classes.

RE: sad day for dailytech
By lemonadesoda on 9/5/2006 3:57:04 AM , Rating: 2
... I didn't know that teachers find assistants from their classes. Did you enjoy the job?

RE: sad day for dailytech
By saratoga on 9/5/2006 6:11:51 PM , Rating: 1
... I didn't know that teachers find assistants from their classes.

He didn't say they did?

Are you even reading or just posting whatever BS pops into your head? Pretty much everything you've posted here has been either factually incorrect, a complete misunderstanding of the quoted text, or in some cases, both.

Seriously, clean up your posting style. You come off like a 13 year old with too much free time.

RE: sad day for dailytech
By lemonadesoda on 9/6/2006 4:31:03 AM , Rating: 3
... try "reading between the lines". Probably escaped you.
factually incorrect

Please quote me on incorrect facts. You will spend a long time looking.
You come off like a 13 year old with too much free time.
Sounds like pot calling kettle black! LOL.

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