Builders of a formerly known New Tokyo Tower, now named Tokyo Sky Tree, also known as the tallest artificial structure in Japan, claim they can build a 60 000 miles (96 000 kilometers) high space elevator. This would be the longest escalator in the world, stretching almost a quarter of the way to the moon.
Obayashi Corp says it would use carbon nanotube technology, which is more than 20 times stronger than steel.
Elevator would carry up to 30 passengers at a time and travel at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour for a week, stopping off at a station at 36,000 kilometers.
At this station tourists would stay, but the researchers and the specialists would be able to travel all the way.
“Humans have long adored high towers,” said Satomi Katsuyama, the project’s leader. “Rather than building it from the earth, we will construct it from the space.”
Although, a serious project, there are no estimates for the cost of the structure, or the location to build it, or who would pay for such a bold move.
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