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 gaspode ( 14th Sep 2003, 20:54, Rank: Killer Rabbit )  reply

I wonder why they don't mention the idea of having vehicles move up and down simultaneously, as in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy (if I recall correctly). This should greatly reduce the energy cost of shifting things up into space, and also make project such as returning mined minerals from the moon to earth more feasible.

Of course, Kim Stanley Robinson also addresses the issue of what happens when on of these things goes catastrophically wrong and falls down to Earth. Mmm... one of our equators is missing ;-)

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 karne ( 22nd Sep 2003, 16:05, Rank: GSV )  reply

Rah! Arthur C Clarke 'Fountain's of Paradise' not that upstart Robinson! rah! ];=8)

And their 'year to orbit''s a complete balls up that shouldn't have got past editing!

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