A Japanese company will begin testing technology for a space elevator later this month. The "elevator" would work via a 22,000-mile-long cable...from Earth to a satellite or space station in orbit.
Scientists are optimistic, but admit they have a LOT of work to do...they don't expect it to be functional until 2050.
So... flash forward another 30 years or so...would you take the ride? I think I'd take a rocket ship.