Space Elevator - Science Fiction or the Future of Mankind?

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So. Space elevators. Are they are thing that we should talk about?

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*Space Elevator - Science Fiction or the Future of Mankind?*
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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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    2 jaar geleden

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    • Cat cat

      Cat cat

      22 dagen geleden

      @Jake Dedom true

    • The Lucky 38

      The Lucky 38

      27 dagen geleden

      Still waiting for those history videos

    • Sunny Meadows

      Sunny Meadows

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      4 maanden geleden

      How do u do this animations

    • Arun o v

      Arun o v

      6 maanden geleden

      Please make a video about Open Source (Web/Software).



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  3. Brenda Landis

    Brenda Landis

    2 dagen geleden

    The damaged radio aetiologically alert because soy evidently mend behind a woebegone argument. scintillating, gaudy net

  4. HUSC 777

    HUSC 777

    3 dagen geleden

    4:16 SCV from Star craft :D they are so cute.

  5. Somebody insane

    Somebody insane

    4 dagen geleden

    omg only a Sith deals in absolute,Kurzgesagt Sith lord confirm?? :O

  6. Sushi


    5 dagen geleden

    SpaceX: I have a better idea

  7. Mr Mellon Gamez

    Mr Mellon Gamez

    6 dagen geleden

    Question, what is keeping the the part in space *up?* the chord? Just luck? I’m curious

    • Cheks_76


      Dag geleden

      @Mr Mellon Gamez Like the video said there would be an anchor in the bottom of the ocean to keep balance. He also states if the anchor would be destroyed in an accident, then the cords would wrap around the earth.

    • Mr Mellon Gamez

      Mr Mellon Gamez

      Dag geleden

      @Cheks_76 Wait the elevator is orbiting? Wouldn’t the coords wrap around the earth?

    • Cheks_76


      2 dagen geleden

      The part in space is orbiting the earth, so it will always remain in space.

  8. Iain Aitken

    Iain Aitken

    6 dagen geleden

    2:24 - "we'll recoup our losses after launching only 1 million tons, close to the weight of two international space stations". I think you mean 2000 international space stations, it only weighs 500 tons.

  9. CPOW TV


    6 dagen geleden

    Your Videos are helpful. Vietnam

  10. mxtty


    6 dagen geleden

    3:05 Doctor who and hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy reference

  11. The biggest Star Wars Fan

    The biggest Star Wars Fan

    10 dagen geleden

    I like how Kurzgesagt constantly uses Star Wars ships as most spaceships in these kinds of videos

  12. On


    15 dagen geleden

    'civ 15' in 2050 - science victory condition : build space elevator

  13. GamePapa


    16 dagen geleden

    Reminder: Jeff Bezos has enough money to build 10 cheap space elevators but would rather hoard all that money for himself and be buried with his riches like some sort of modern day Pharaoh. At least we can take comfort that one day someone is going to defile his tomb, steal his riches, and piss on his corpse.

  14. Dial Up Dave

    Dial Up Dave

    16 dagen geleden

    "flordia man brings cable cutters....."

  15. BaconBoyGaming3


    17 dagen geleden

    *TRADE OFFER* I get: -Content -Knowledge You get: -Dollar

  16. Roo


    17 dagen geleden

    Why is this even a topic with the crowded and dangerous orbit zones we have right now

  17. A. N.

    A. N.

    17 dagen geleden

    Someone should talk about this to Elon Musk

    • cutie cute

      cutie cute

      9 dagen geleden

      elon don't believe in this idea, I don't think this will work what if the rope hit one of the satelite ,graphene don't even make improvement aside putting it on tape after it's discovery I think it's feasible for us just to invent other propulsion system that are cheaper and don't use fuel.

  18. Aidan Chaidez

    Aidan Chaidez

    18 dagen geleden

    what if some idiot messes up the design of a space elevator where it's built so tall that it slaps the moon

  19. Daedric Ender

    Daedric Ender

    18 dagen geleden

    I am getting halo flash backs of the elevator falling..... that would be some destruction

  20. Daedric Ender

    Daedric Ender

    18 dagen geleden

    3:04 .... is that a tardis and a space whale?

  21. extreme introvert

    extreme introvert

    18 dagen geleden

    Bruh... you need to write a sci-fi book. You'd make billions

  22. Demonetize Bot

    Demonetize Bot

    20 dagen geleden

    TLDW: Big elevator go weeeeeeeeee

  23. juoig7799


    22 dagen geleden

    Fun fact: Getting into Earth's orbit requires a speed of just under 5 mps (Miles per Second) ≈ 17, 600 mph.

  24. Yukon


    27 dagen geleden

    How about enchanted netherite Nano threads? Mending and Unbreaking?

  25. Dhanush sai

    Dhanush sai

    27 dagen geleden

    Space fountain is better than space elevator

  26. Y P

    Y P

    28 dagen geleden

    Who watched this video who has Legos? 1: has Legos. 2: does not have legos. Be honest!

  27. HAKUNE N・J


    28 dagen geleden


  28. c0in cat

    c0in cat

    Maand geleden

    a n t e r i n g h y p e r s p a c e

  29. nazar En

    nazar En

    Maand geleden

    Идйа будщого ого теда напминй зальм зи манги алита

  30. nazar En

    nazar En

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  31. Rabba Doodles45

    Rabba Doodles45

    Maand geleden

    3:20 I thought Duck was mad

  32. The Meep Amigos

    The Meep Amigos

    Maand geleden


  33. Kent Guiller

    Kent Guiller

    Maand geleden

    "To see our planet floating in the dark" Flat Earthers: Hmmm Literally every non-Flat Earthers: *Yes*



    Maand geleden

    You guys are very talented in editing since you have started the channel. Which app / software do you guys use for editing

  35. Ernests Gulbis

    Ernests Gulbis

    Maand geleden

    Nice pun at 0:33

  36. Caleb Mou

    Caleb Mou

    Maand geleden

    So what stops stars from reproducing?

  37. Azendor


    Maand geleden

    Anyone saw the TARDIS in the clouds at 3:03?

  38. Tehyx


    Maand geleden

    2:46 Me hears among us sounds: SUS

  39. Chuck Stark

    Chuck Stark

    Maand geleden

    Technology advances in quantum leaps so anything is possible. And sooner than we think.

  40. Super Gogeta

    Super Gogeta

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  41. Geoff Nattrass

    Geoff Nattrass

    Maand geleden

    Ludditism has never been more pervasive, I'm afraid that the number of people who'd fancy a go at destroying such an achievement would make it far too much of a risk, both financially and to human life.



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  43. Peter Carioscia

    Peter Carioscia

    Maand geleden

    2:36 cute graph! Too bad a space elevator would cost closer to $20 TRILLION to build, after RnD costs and project overruns.

  44. TemplarUhhh


    Maand geleden

    3:05 space whale reminds me of Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel

  45. AndrewCarFan


    Maand geleden

    Hey Ferb, I know what we're gonna do today!

  46. Amy Parsons

    Amy Parsons

    Maand geleden

    How else likes star wars

  47. Amy Parsons

    Amy Parsons

    Maand geleden

    Sounds cool

  48. ISucc Newton

    ISucc Newton

    Maand geleden

    for the tether, couldnt you multi layer fitting materials? or even weave them into each other? i mean, it doesnt seem to really matter that much how thicc the rope is

  49. Emanuel Rodriguez

    Emanuel Rodriguez

    Maand geleden

    Pressing all the buttons on the space elevator and jumping out before the doors close.

  50. Max Peterson

    Max Peterson

    Maand geleden

    Wouldn’t debris in earths orbit tear these to shreads

    • Scott Owens

      Scott Owens

      Maand geleden

      That's one of the problems that was discussed.

  51. j2157


    Maand geleden

    6:29 it isn't procrastination, it is just simple fun learning

  52. Jack McQuack

    Jack McQuack

    2 maanden geleden

    smh just make the elevator out of steel and spray it with flex seal

  53. Kingsley Bridgforth

    Kingsley Bridgforth

    2 maanden geleden

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  54. dahood666


    2 maanden geleden

    Why is there a whale falling out of the sky? Was someone hitchhiking?

  55. Patchwork Ch.

    Patchwork Ch.

    2 maanden geleden

    02:30 Doesn't ISS weigh about 419,700 kg?

  56. Draven Tucker

    Draven Tucker

    2 maanden geleden

    @Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell: This would not work because the tether would pull little by little into earth's gravity and pull more of the the tether in it's gravity causing it to move faster toward earth and eventually crash into earth at devastating speed. And for it to be connected to the moon is even worse, this is because the moon will be sucked toward earth and still be moving at its orbiting speed. This will have the tether and the moon wrap around earth like a game of tetherball. If you don't believe me just think that the earth is pulling the tether down and without an equal or opposite force against this gravity then this dream is dead.

  57. Zenaida Mortel

    Zenaida Mortel

    2 maanden geleden

    watch this video while you are holding a poo

  58. mr. potato

    mr. potato

    2 maanden geleden

    Any of you read starclimber? Yeah they use one of these suckers

  59. Beyrdcv Nrydxcv

    Beyrdcv Nrydxcv

    2 maanden geleden

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  60. a blyatiful gopnik

    a blyatiful gopnik

    2 maanden geleden

    Kurzgesagt, why did you say that a million tons was equivalent to the mass of two international space stations? That is very much not correct, as the ISS is only 400 metric tons

  61. nuclearTANK


    2 maanden geleden

    Time to use the Ace combat science

  62. Carbon JB

    Carbon JB

    2 maanden geleden

    "wanna get high" Its good to see that kurzgesagt has overcome its weed addiction to warn us about the dangers of it

  63. Xander 4k

    Xander 4k

    2 maanden geleden

    Imagine if (EA SPORTS) pay me 100000000000$ to read the following

  64. Aniket K

    Aniket K

    2 maanden geleden

    There are so many Star Wars & Star Trek references in the video that I need a youtuber to explain this! 😂

    • User Green

      User Green

      Maand geleden

      StarCraft ref is also present.

  65. Moon Films Official

    Moon Films Official

    2 maanden geleden

    What about using a platinum and gold alloy for the tether at the bottom, but then make the tether out of a more and more affordable material as it goes up, because with less gravity there would not have to be as much strength. Also, a platinum and gold alloy would be not only very strong but could also withstand a lot of heat, so it could not be burned down from the friction or other reasons for there to be heat.

  66. AetherResonant


    2 maanden geleden

    Trigger's down!

  67. Ethan M

    Ethan M

    2 maanden geleden

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  68. tiex gameplay

    tiex gameplay

    2 maanden geleden

    4:52 no me esperava ver a ciro peraloca jajajja

  69. Lonely Wanderer

    Lonely Wanderer

    2 maanden geleden

    unlikely but cool

  70. Antonio Maglione

    Antonio Maglione

    2 maanden geleden

    I imagine, you'll read "The Fountain of Paradise" of Arthur C. Clarke...

  71. kingcobra 2013

    kingcobra 2013

    2 maanden geleden

    Only ogs remember the old intro music

  72. Sarah Fry

    Sarah Fry

    2 maanden geleden

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  73. Dr Person

    Dr Person

    2 maanden geleden

    My friends: Wanna be high ? Me: you need to be an astronaut or a billionaire My friends: ?

  74. NightwishTarja


    2 maanden geleden

    very insteresting idea, i think it is achievable

  75. Pranav Choudhary Class 2c, roll no. 22

    Pranav Choudhary Class 2c, roll no. 22

    2 maanden geleden

    Somr one suggest elon musk this

  76. BogeyBoiPlays


    2 maanden geleden

    satisfactory intensifies

  77. 2 maanden geleden

    this is the video with more star wars reference of kurzgeasagt i've ever seen

  78. MopppHead


    2 maanden geleden

    even the thumbnail of this has Star Wars reference. not to mention the entire video

  79. Andrew Taduran

    Andrew Taduran

    2 maanden geleden

    me: hey i know the answer of you asking ITS NO cuz have you forgot about the orbits of satellites and space junk? scientist: oh sorry we have to remo-- me: no its all science fiction (sci-fi) and when we launch rocket they may hit the top of it then hit the ocean and make a tsunami or get hit by hurricane scientist: OK FINE WE WILL CANCEL IT me: and pls it takes for ever on a climber to get up there

  80. Leonor Carlos

    Leonor Carlos

    2 maanden geleden

    Wow very cool 🙀👌🏽

  81. Luis Enriquez

    Luis Enriquez

    2 maanden geleden

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  82. NS777


    2 maanden geleden

    Who is this fake kurzgesagt? The real one would never use people!

  83. Deb Datta

    Deb Datta

    2 maanden geleden

    I know how it works.

  84. 02 Suradit Pengsaeng

    02 Suradit Pengsaeng

    2 maanden geleden

    Space elevator : *Insert Daredevil music 2:09 : *Insert W hold with Highspeed (M-17 Supply Ship)

  85. Pepo Gaming

    Pepo Gaming

    2 maanden geleden

    *elevator to space exists* flat earthers: circle!!!!

  86. Din Djarin

    Din Djarin

    2 maanden geleden

    Why imperial ships?

  87. Blueflare3602


    2 maanden geleden

    Imagine having space elevators like in Mobile Suit Gundam 00

  88. twilightrose


    3 maanden geleden

    I had to look this up because I dreamt of it last night. It can happen? Whoa

  89. Felipe Carvalho Klauhs

    Felipe Carvalho Klauhs

    3 maanden geleden

    36.000 km? Right and the ISS is at 400km so it’s way higher!

  90. Aureus Knighstar

    Aureus Knighstar

    3 maanden geleden

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  91. Sarah Fry

    Sarah Fry

    3 maanden geleden

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    3 maanden geleden

    I clicked after seeing the x-wing in the thumbnail...

  93. i dont need name

    i dont need name

    3 maanden geleden

    0:33 i dont want to eat drugs

  94. Shaun Hentchel

    Shaun Hentchel

    3 maanden geleden

    A space elevator on the moon would be a pretty damn useful refueling station for interplanetary missions.

  95. TdogRedman


    3 maanden geleden

    imagine you wake up one day and your whole city destroyed by a giant rope lol

  96. Demonetization Symbol

    Demonetization Symbol

    3 maanden geleden

    Ace Combat fans, anyone?

  97. MovieBazar


    3 maanden geleden

    I thinking this system 2 years ago but now i can see my think was a right i hope spaces elevator make this more easy to going spaces

  98. Jack Lyman

    Jack Lyman

    3 maanden geleden

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  99. Guillermo Enrique Rodriguez Olivo

    Guillermo Enrique Rodriguez Olivo

    3 maanden geleden

    0:21 Star destroyer!!!!

  100. Guillermo Enrique Rodriguez Olivo

    Guillermo Enrique Rodriguez Olivo

    3 maanden geleden

    0:18 tie fighter and imperial shuttle