What was the original name of Chicago's Willis Tower?
Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) is a 110 story building in the heart of Chicago's downtown.
Can you build a tower to space?
There's no set line between Earth and space. Where space begins depends on whom you ask. But most scientists agree that space starts somewhere between 80 and 100 kilometers (50 and 62 miles) above Earth's surface. Building a skinny tower that tall isn't possible.
What keeps a space elevator standing up?
A space elevator is conceived as a cable fixed to the equator and reaching into space. ... This produces enough upward centrifugal force from Earth's rotation to fully counter the downward gravity, keeping the cable upright and taut. Climbers carry cargo up and down the cable.
Why don't we build rockets in space?
Unlike airplanes' jet engines, rockets are designed to work in space: They don't have intakes for air, and they bring along their own oxidizers, substances that play the role of oxygen in burning fuel. A rocket's fuel and oxidizer—called propellants—can be either solid or liquid.
Can a railgun shoot into space?
More space Powered by just electricity with no chemicals required, railguns can fire projectiles incredible distances at even more incredible velocities. The Navy has already gotten it to send things streaking through the sky at Mach 6. That's six times the speed of sound or 4,600 mph.
Can you shoot something into space?
Yes. First of all, no matter how powerful the railgun is, it will struggle to launch any thing into orbit. You see, rockets do something called a gravity turn when they reach a sufficient velocity.
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