posted on Aug, 31 2012 @ 09:36 AM
Even if they did develop the materials soon (they haven't yet -- graphine and carbon nanotubes are promising, but we do not yet have the ability to
apply them large scale), the even bigger problem -- as others have pointed out -- is the connection between the Moon and Earth.
OK -- so they said they would connect the Moon to a space station, and then the space station would be connected to Earth. However, that space
station would need to move with the moon and against the rotating Earth. I suppose you could theoretically have the space station become
geostationary at times to connect to the Earth, but during those times it is connected to Earth, it cannot be connected to the moon (because the Moon
moves relative to Earth).
Therefore, they would disconnect the space station from the elevator to the moon Moon, move the space station so it is geostationary, then connect to
the Earth-to-space station elevator. After that, they would disconnect the space station from the elevator to Earth, then move the space station into
position again to re-connect to the elevator to the moon.
All of this will motion would require tremendous amounts of fuel. Orbiting satellites normally do not go moving around on their own. They are put in
a stable orbit where they spend all of their lives without firing their thrusters to move around (except occasions when they do small thrusts for to
maintain the orbit). Even the space shuttle did not use it's thrusters to move all around in orbit to reach the ISS. It was usually placed in an
orbit that naturally intersected with the ISS (with a few small thruster firings for minute orbital adjustments).
I suppose it would be theoretically possible to have an elevator from Earth to the Moon (with a space station in between) if they can overcome the
materials issue, and the issue with the Moon's movement relative to earth, but there is no freakin' way it will be built in eight years. Thirty
years, maybe (if they're lucky, and work really hard at it); Fifty years, possibly. But no way can it be done in eight.