Some time ago a German news station had a major image fail due to a humorous mix-up. While reporting the news about US Navy SEALs succeeding in killing Osama bin Laden, they mistook a Star Trek Maquis fan-made emblem for the for the actual SEAL Team Six emblem.
This week, a million fraternity brothers rushed to join NASA. The reason: scientists have discovered beer in space. Well, not beer exactly. But they did find alcohol: ethyl alcohol, to be precise, the active ingredient in all major alcoholic drinks.
This is the fourth and final part of the space elevator article of the non-rocket spacelaunch methods article series. This post will focus on references to the space elevator concept in fiction. The first mention of anything remotely similar to a space elevator was the beanstalk in the children's fairy tale called Jack and the Beanstalk, published in 1807.