Ribbon to the Stars

Pushing the space elevator closer to reality

By Ron Cowen, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

If the laws of celestial mechanics make it possible for an object to stay fixed in the sky, might it not be possible to lower a cable down to the surface and so establish an elevator system linking earth to space?

–Arthur C. Clarke, 1978,
The Fountains of Paradise.

After a cruise through tropical waters, you arrive at a large, anchored platform in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The sea is calm, the sky a picture-postcard blue. But you've come in search of an experience even more uplifting tha...

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