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News Link • Space Travel and Exploration

Materials Research Needed to Make Space Elevator a Reality

• PC World

Scientists studying the possibility of building an elevator into space envision a ribbon made of carbon nanotubes stretching from the surface of the Earth up into geosynchronous orbit. Crafts, like elevator cars, could carry people and goods up the ribbon into space.

The problem is, it's not yet clear if strong enough nanotube ribbons can be made.


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