The team's robot stands to win $900,000 from NASA for climbing a ribbon nearly a kilometer long
Meet Your 2009 Space Elevator Challenge Champions : David Bashford of LaserMotive prepares the climber for their award-winning run. courtesy of NASA
First proposed in 1895, and popularized by the Arthur C. Clarke book The Fountains of Paradise
, space elevators have a rich history in the culture of space travel. Unfortunately, the history of their engineering success is far less impressive. But if the results from this week's Space Elevator Games
are any indication, that might be about to change.