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Futuristic Moon Elevator Idea Takes Aim at Lunar Lifts

Soft-landing payloads on the moon could be inexpensively done via a lunar space elevator. Credit: LiftPort Group

Soft-landing payloads on the moon could be inexpensively done via a lunar space elevator.
Credit: LiftPort Group

An elevator to the moon might not be as crazy as it sounds.

A moon-based elevator to space could radically reduce the costs and improve the reliability of placing equipment on the lunar surface. Such a lunar elevator would make the transport of supplies and materials from the surface of the moon into the Earth’s orbit and vice versa possible. Indeed, valuable resources could be extracted from the moon, then sent into Earth orbit more easily than if they were rocketed from the Earth’s surface. You can see a video of how a moon elevator to space might work on Space.com.

 

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