768,226 views | Fabio Pacucci • TED-Ed
Yes, scientists are actually building an elevator to space
Sending rockets into space requires sacrificing expensive equipment, burning massive amounts of fuel, and risking potential catastrophe. So in the space race of the 21st century, some engineers are abandoning rockets for something more exciting: elevators. What would it take to build such a structure? Fabio Pacucci explores the physics behind modern space elevators. [Directed by Tjoff Koong Studios, narrated by Addison Anderson].