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A Japanese construction company has announced plans to design and build the world's first space elevator, which they are hoping to have completed in the next 40 years.
NASA announced three new Centennial Challenges Tuesday, with an overall prize purse of $5 million.
NASA will honor the achievements of the 2009 Centennial Challenges prize winners and competition hosts with a technical symposium Feb 25 and a recognition ceremony Feb 26.
A Seattle team has won a $900,000 prize in a NASA-supported competition to develop the concept of a space elevator.
NASA's Centennial Challenges Program and the Spaceward Foundation will hold the 2009 Power-Beaming Challenge, part of Spaceward's Space Elevator Games, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif, on July 14.
Scientists in Japan and the United States say creating a so-called space elevator that can be used to visit space is a real possibility.
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