November 20th, 2008
Two new space elevator-related videos have made their way to YouTube.
The first is excerpts of an interview with the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke. It’s undated, but in the opening seconds, Sir Clarke states that he wrote the “Fountains of Paradise 20 years ago…”. That book was written in 1979, so this interview was recorded in 1999 (or thereabouts). Most of it is about the Space Elevator, but some other subjects (like Cold Fusion) are mentioned. I enjoyed the interview, but, he does mention something about Mars “…being infested with life…” due to “…Mars Orbiter photographs showing huge areas of vegetation…”. Really? A quick Google search discussed that this ‘vegetation’ is really natural formations or the results of carbon dioxide geysers or whatever. I like Sir Clarke’s explanation better - I just wish it were true.
If anyone knows where I might get a copy of the LP record Sir Clarke shows in the begining of the interview, I’d dearly love to know about it.
And this other video is a shameless ripoff of existing Space Elevator images and photos from the Space Elevator Games, intermixed with multiple photos of Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, the Kremlin, Russian Flag images, etc., etc., etc. all set to some sort of strange ‘Martial-techno’ music. It’s all very bizarre…
I didn’t say it was good, only that it was there
Update - 20NOV08 - Brian Turner, captain of the Kansas City Space Pirates Power-Beaming / Climber team, found a link to a NY Times interview (in 1999) that may have been the source of the Sir Clarke video shown earlier in this post - thanks Brian!)
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