Even though this post from the website io9.com (a very strange site, to be sure) only lightly touches on the subject of Space Elevators, it’s overall theme; building big things in space, is a subject which is interesting all by itself.
The post also briefly mentions Dextre, the Canadian-built robot now sitting on the ISS. I would imagine that robots similar to Dextre will play a major role in actually building and maintaining a Space Elevator.
This post also contains a clip from one of the most under-rated movies ever, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…
(Picture of Dextre – click to enlarge – from the Canadian Space Agency website)