Ladies wear, 10 thousand feet, appliances, 35 thousand, sporting
According to a small article I read not long ago; at Los Alamos Laboratories,
the sky is not necessarily the limit.
Now you might remember that it was at Los Alamos they perfected and
assembled the atomic bomb nearly 60 years ago. Since then, the mad scientists
of North Central New Mexico have created several generations of New
and Improved A and H bombs. Or as the Big Bad Wolf might say,
The better to immolate and obliterate you with my dear.
But now, for the 21st Century, the pride of Los Alamos brings you...ta
dah...the Space Elevator.
This will be an elevator built somewhere on the equator and stretching
up to about 62 thousand miles. I kid you not.
Constructed from thin, carbon nanotubes, the elevator will operate with
some sort of space-age cables pulling potentially orbital materials
to a point where gravitation has been...taken out of the loop if you
Some scientists figure that with a mere $5 billion investment that we
could be taking smooth, elevated jaunts to outer space in less than
Now I have no idea how fast a Space Elevator would have
to travel to make itself useful, but, for the sake of argument, lets
say...100 m.p.h., now using my subpar mathematical skills and a calculator
I think that means it would take 620 hours to reach the top. This would
be, again according to my challenged math, 25.8 days.
Now lets go back to the construction of this thing: A. Built on
the Equator (That means really hot.) B. Constructed from thin carbon
nanotubes. (For those of you who are challenged by Physics thin means
not very thick.)
There has also been no mention of air-conditioning.
Now personally I try not to stay in any building that is really hot
for any longer than I have to, especially for a month without air-conditioning.
Can you imagine being crowded up in this thing with 10 or 12 people
creeping up at 100 m.p.h. for a month? Itll take another $5 billion
to perfect a new deodorant.
Also, since I have added a few pounds to the old bod, I try to stay
away from any structures that could be called thin, such as old ladders,
glass table tops, thin carbon nanotubes, etc.
I do have some curiosity as to how this might work as a business. Will
this be like first class accommodations on an airliner?
Will there be space-age Sky Caps?
Will there be an in-elevator movie?
Will the Elevator Pilot (?) come on and tell the passengers to look
out the left window at some point of interest?
Will meals be served? Will they be edible?
Will there be bathrooms aboard?
Will Southwest Airlines build their own elevators? If so will they be
smaller, crowded versions with peanuts and weight limitations?
The word for the week is delve.