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I came across a very brief article about SPACE ELEVATOR. The article was regarding a problem related to general mechanics. But the most fascinating part was that how a counterweight at the base helps to balance the CENTRIFUGAL FORCE on the infinitely tall tower. Can anyone please explain the mechanics behind a free standing tower of a space elevator in an elementary level? Probably this invention would allow us to send short range satellites without any Launching Vehicle to the space.. I am sharing the article I mentioned. Source: Indian National Physics Olympiad 2008, Problem 03

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    $\begingroup$ you should read Arthur C. Clarke's "Fountains of Paradise" and the wikipedia article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_elevator. Mind it's not 'infinitely tall' but twice as tall as the geostationary orbit. Yet no material exists to withstand the strain excerted on the central sections. $\endgroup$ Jul 28 '20 at 14:11
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    $\begingroup$ There can not be such thing as an infinitely high building ^^ $\endgroup$
    – finnmglas
    Jul 28 '20 at 18:07
  • $\begingroup$ There can be some bending, just not too much and the lunar gravity wouldn't be a big problem, though it would create a tide or bend, but the elevator would end well below lunar orbit so lunar gravity wouldn't be that big an issue. That said, a space elevator on Earth is currently fantasy. A space elevator on the Moon maybe could be built out of Teflon, but that would still be a gonzo engineering project and the sharp, nasty lunar dust might be a problem over time. $\endgroup$
    – userLTK
    Jul 29 '20 at 5:48