Japanese company to construct space elevator by 2050

Finally, a Japanese invention that doesn’t boggle the mind. Well, not as much as usual, anyway. Tokyo-based engineers at Obayashi Corp have announced plans to build a space elevator by the middle of the century. Yes, that’s right. A genuine Stairway to Heaven, or as close as they can get it. Apparently the elevator will go 22,000 miles into orbit and carry 30 passengers at a time, taking up to a week to reach the Moon. Sounds like a plan. Best pack light though. [photo via]