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Sci &Tech: Japan hopes to turn sci-fi into reality with elevator to the stars

September 22nd, 2008.

Leo Lewis in Tokyo

From cyborg housemaids and waterpowered cars to dog translators and rocket boots, Japanese boffins have racked up plenty of near-misses in the quest to turn science fiction into reality.

Now the finest scientific minds of Japan are devoting themselves to cracking the greatest sci-fi vision of all: the space elevator. Man has so far conquered space by painfully and inefficiently blasting himself out of the atmosphere but the 21st century should bring a more leisurely ride to the final frontier.

For chemists, physicists, material scientists, astronauts and dreamers across the globe, the space elevator represents the most tantalising of concepts: cables stronger and lighter than any fibre yet woven, tethered to the ground and disappearing beyond the atmosphere to a satellite docking station in geosynchronous orbit above Earth.

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Added: Sep-23-2008 
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Tags: Science, Technology, Engineering, Japan, Space Elevator, Revolution, Space Travel, No Snuff !!
Location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan (load item map)
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