Sunday, August 21, 2005

Space Elevator...One step closer!!

Researchers have created nanotube sheets stronger than steel.
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Scientists at the Univ. of Texas at Dallas along with others from Australia, have discovered a technique for making sheets of carbon nanotubes.

Hailed by some as the discovery of the decade, this material could be made so thin that a square KILOMETER would weigh less than 70 pounds! Solar sail anyone?

The applications possible are staggering, both in number and in implication.

SIgnificantly, the strength of this nanotube ribbon is sufficient for the construction of a tether to space...a precursor to the elevator to space concept.

Here, here guys!!!

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