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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #30 on: September 18, 2003, 11:30 AM »
That would be pretty cool to take an elevator to the moon, but you know how long it would take to get there?
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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2003, 12:51 PM »
I read about this in a Popular Mechanics about 8 months ago, and nobody I told believed me ;)
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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2003, 12:56 PM »
I read about this in a Popular Mechanics about 8 months ago, and nobody I told believed me ;)

I don't believe you now :-*

If I understand this right...cables from the destinations will be strung to platforms in on earth and these machines will pull themselves back and forth to the spots


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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2003, 12:59 PM »
Tell you what.  You guys can test it.  My butt will catch it on CNN and several months later on Americas Craziest Videos :)

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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #34 on: September 18, 2003, 02:11 PM »
Nevermind the fact that if it does ever get built, it will probably become the world's single largest target for terrorism
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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2003, 02:13 PM »
Sort of like the machine in Contact (one of my all time favorite books and movies) :-*

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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #36 on: September 18, 2003, 02:21 PM »
Sort of like the machine in Contact (one of my all time favorite books and movies) :-*

That is an AWESOME movie!!!  I watch it almost once a month.
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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #37 on: September 18, 2003, 02:26 PM »
Ok so... Whose paying for this? Uh-huh... And who could afford it? Right.  ::)

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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #38 on: September 18, 2003, 02:31 PM »
It says  NASA is seriously considering these things...around $6 Billion to build, they can reduce payload costs tremendously and probably do everything unmanned

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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #39 on: September 18, 2003, 02:35 PM »
That's the coolest thing I've read in a long time.  And the reality of it is closer than most people think.  

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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #40 on: September 18, 2003, 02:55 PM »
Reminds me of the South Park where they tried to build a ladder to heaven.

What a silly idea.
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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #41 on: September 18, 2003, 03:42 PM »
It says  NASA is seriously considering these things...around $6 Billion to build, they can reduce payload costs tremendously and probably do everything unmanned
I forgot to ask with my first reply... but... Why do we need an elevator to the moon?

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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #42 on: September 18, 2003, 11:33 PM »
Don't know we need one, but it has practical applications should we ever decide to maintain a permanent presence on the moon.  I think seeing is believing in this case, though.   ;D

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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #43 on: September 18, 2003, 11:54 PM »
Basically Brad it is two things...sending rockets into space is tremendously expensive and risky...2 shuttles gone in a little over 100 missions at 100's of Millions of dollars a pop.  All of that money is factored into a cost per pound of actual delivered payload into space.  Right now that between $10,000 to $40,000...this elevator would reduce the cost to $100 a pound supposedly.

Making it easier to launch satellites and eventually everyday Joe Blow into Space if he wants to go.  Look at dude who made $10 Million to go to the Space Station on a Russian Rocket, if the dollar savings was realized as above someone could get there for $100,000, very doable for a lot more people.  Interesting idea...cool to see where this goes

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Re: What Floor? Uh, Moon Please
« Reply #44 on: September 19, 2003, 08:57 AM »