Nowadays, the only way to get to space is a rocket. But apparently, in the near future, there might be some new and bizarre ways to leave the Earth’s atmosphere. Space elevators? Why not? It would be connected to an asteroid or a space station by four to six massive cables.
Catapults? Well, it’s actually a massive centrifuge, spinning at high speed. NASA once tested similar technology but, eventually, came to the conclusion that it was less reliable than good old rockets. But who knows? Okay, what else? Oh, balloons! Yep, no breakthrough technologies, just a large helium balloon that would fly to the… .