Gallery: Carbon Nanotubes Could Create World’s First Space Elevator

 

Space elevators are incredibly tall theoretical structures that stretch beyond the earth’s atmosphere to transport satellites and shuttles into outer space without the cost and environmental impact of rocket fueled launches. The idea has always been more science fiction than science fact, however a team from King’s College London could change that — they claim that advances in carbon nanotubes could make it ‘theoretically’ possible create a tether that would be strong enough to stretch more than 22,000 miles into space.

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  1. MarkmBha October 31, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Somehow, I believe this idea will never get off the ground.

  2. jwmknapp@aol.com December 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    HOW DO YOU PROTECT FROM ELECTRICAL STORMS FOR THE FIRST 60 MILES?

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