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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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Now where have I read about this before....
By kilkennycat on 9/5/2006 1:10:31 AM , Rating: 0
Ah,yes, I remember... Any who happen to have a Bible, blow off the dust and turn to Genesis Chapter 11, verses 1 thru 8.

So we have yet another current example of the arrogant folly of puny mankind. How about NASA donating the money instead to famine relief in central Africa. Then I would be certain that a tiny portion of my tax money was going to a worthy cause instead of another political/pseudo-scientific boondoggle.

RE: Now where have I read about this before....
By jmunjr on 9/5/2006 2:01:15 AM , Rating: 2
just what we need. More healthy people on the planet. Space exploration now is necessary to ensure a plentiful food supply for the BILLIONS and BILLIONS that will inhabit the earth in the not too distant future.

Doesn't that bible talk about people going out and having babies as much as possible too? That was a brilliant idea 3000 years ago, but not so today. If it is true, then space exploration is even more important to find/create places for these people to inhabit as well as to find/create new sources for food.

As much as I hate to say it, restrictions on reproduction in this world need to be imposed now. As bad as China is many areas they got that part right. Problem is liberty advocates won't allow it(and I am one of those people).

What this has to do with space elevators isn't too clear, but one thing is for sure, if these elevators can be built it will change the face of space exploration in much the same way the printing press or the Internet has changed the world.

RE: Now where have I read about this before....
By Viditor on 9/5/2006 5:32:53 AM , Rating: 2
So you are saying that we will all have our own space elevator to get a bit of fresh air and our breakfasts in the morning?

So you are saying that the Internet and Printing Press can get you fresh air and milk? The term non-sequitur comes to mind...
Armstrong walking on the Moon has had numerous benefits, but they pale to the direct benefits we could see from a Space Elevator...
1. A possible new renewable energy source
2. A vastly more affordable satellite program (that alone could save millions of lives)
3. Access to exponentially more raw materials
4. Access to real estate for expansion
5. Most importantly...HOPE, and a direction for adventure that doesn't involve killing each other.

I don't know if you were alive for Kennedy's speech, but when he made it, most of the world thought he was crazy and that we could never accomplish the goal in our lifetimes.
However as NASA evolved and Apollo came to fruition, I have never (either before or since) witnessed the people of all countries so optimistic about the future. It was a project that truly captivated the entire planet (even those in Russia). How many things can you think of that can or could do this?
Is hope and expansion important?
After watching the suicide and homicide rate increase as much as it has these last few years, I can't think of anything MORE important...and this is a hope that transcends religious boundaries. It's hope and faith in mankind itself.

By lemonadesoda on 9/5/2006 7:55:11 PM , Rating: 2
1./ ??? No renewable energy sources from the Elevator... just a simpler system of shipping supplies compared to the space shuttle or rocket deployment systems

2./ ??? Why does cheaper satellite system save millions of lives (a direct link, not some tenuous connection)

3./ ??? There aren't any RAW materials in geostationary orbit

4./ ??? You are definitely smoking something. There's plenty of real estate in the deserts and oceans that is WAY cheaper and WAY more environmentally friendly to populate

5./ ??? A doctor can prescribe pills for the "HOPE" you need

For your last paragraph of nonesense, try some classical music. I promise you, it will help.

By JonB on 9/5/2006 5:39:32 PM , Rating: 2
Population pressure - you make it sound like a bad thing. It is population pressure that drives exploration, causes wars, pushes scientific advances to fight better wars, grow more crops, etc...

If we don't have population pressure, we'll become Lotus Eaters, worth nothing, doing nothing. Keep the people coming! Push us into space.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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