Space Elevator Could Take Us to the Stars

The Space Elevator is a system to lift payloads of equipment, raw materials, supplies and even people above earth’s gravity and into space without the need for rocket technology. Today’s nanotechnology, composite manufacturing, laser, and photovoltaic technology makes this not only a possibility, but a very likely reality for the near future – at least within ten years. Hundreds of students and scientists at over one hundred colleges and universities around the world are working on different components that would go into a real Space Elevator.

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Because It’s There: National Geographic’s The Wildest Dream

You may not share my enthusiasm for extreme tests of endurance and the outer limits of human capability. To me, the Wildest Dream is a gorgeous meditation on courage, persistence, vision and love. It tells the story of two very courageous men living in different times — Conrad Anker and George Mallory. Both share their love for their families and deep desire to conquer the world’s highest peak. They say that the sky is a deeper blue on the summit of Everest, and courage and the human capacity to dream and love is deeper as well.

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