the septenary (diapholom) wrote,
the septenary
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Konstantin Tsiolkovsky ______________________________A space elevator would consist of a cable [4] anchored to the Earth's surface [6], reaching into space. By attaching a counterweight [3] at the end (or by further extending the cable for the same purpose), inertia ensures that the cable remains stretched taut, countering the gravitational pull on the lower sections, thus allowing the elevator to remain in geostationary orbit [1]. Once beyond the gravitational midpoint [2], carriage [5] would be accelerated further by the planet's rotation. (Diagram not to scale.)
A space elevator would consist of a cable [4] anchored to the Earth's surface [6], reaching into space. By attaching a counterweight [3] at the end (or by further extending the cable for the same purpose), inertia ensures that the cable remains stretched taut, countering the gravitational pull on the lower sections, thus allowing the elevator to remain in geostationary orbit [1]. Once beyond the gravitational midpoint [2], carriage [5] would be accelerated further by the planet's rotation.
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                                           Carbon nanotubes would be a highly useful material for creating a space elevator 
Carbon nanotubes would be a highly useful material for creating a space elevator
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                                                                                                 As the car climbs, the elevator takes on a 1 degree lean, due to the top of the elevator traveling faster than the bottom around the Earth (Coriolis effect). This diagram is not to scale. 
As the car climbs, the elevator takes on a 1 degree lean, due to the top of the elevator traveling faster than the bottom around the Earth (Coriolis effect).
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