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Harabeck t1_ixz7haq wrote

It should be noted that the space elevator in Foundation is completely ridiculous. The cable structure would not need to be that utterly massive. A real elevator would use a cable or ribbon that would slow enough as it hit the atmosphere to be a nuisance that might kill a person if it hit them directly, but it wouldn't be leveling swathes if city.


LiliNotACult t1_iy353h6 wrote

I don't know man a few thousand tons in free fall can do some nifty things.