Audacious & Outrageous: Space Elevators NASA Science

David Smitherman of NASA/Marshall’s Advanced Projects Office has compiled plans for a space elevator that could turn science fiction into reality. His publication, “Space Elevators: An Advanced Earth-Space Infrastructure for the New Millennium,” is based on findings from a space infrastructure conference held at the Marshall Space Flight Center last year. The workshop included scientists and engineers from government and industry representing various fields such as structures, space tethers, materials, and Earth/space environments. “This is no longer science fiction,” said Smitherman. “We came out of the workshop saying, “We may very well be able to do this.”