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The Moon Tube

Is this image taken during the historic 1969 Apollo 11 mission beautiful? Yes. Would it be way funnier if there was just a giant tube stretching between the Moon and Earth? Also yes. (Courtesy NASA/JSC)

Recently, researchers at Columbia University and Cambridge University announced that we can just build a space tube connecting the Earth to the Moon to help cutdown on space travel time and cost. They said this really casually, like it was a completely normal thing to say. Sure, they called it a “Spaceline” (which is, admittedly, much better marketing), and it’s actually a space elevator. But let’s be real — that’s a tube.

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Patricia Chavez

Patricia Chavez

Cat mom, librarian, and writer in Chicago.