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Space elevator prizes stay out of reach

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Oct 24, 2005 2:26 pm
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NASA says contest paid off even though no one won $100,000

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – A competition to develop space exploration tools for NASA produced no grand prize winners on Sunday, but officials said the event successfully sparked interest in aerospace technology.

The two-day event at the NASA Ames Research Center drew 10 teams of college students, hobbyists and entrepreneurs trying to build components for the world’s first “space elevator.”

The elevator idea, originally conceived by Arthur C. Clarke in his 1978 novel, “The Fountains of Paradise,” relies on a tough, lightweight tether stretching more than 62,000 miles from Earth to carry humans and cargo into space with light-powered robotic “climbers.”

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