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originally posted by: DjembeJedi
Since it has first been hypothesized the space elevator has intrigued me. The notion of leaving our planet (ground floor) on an elevator and reaching the (top floor) space is AWESOME! BUT it seems very 1950's in a way as well almost Jetsons-esc.
" Scientists at Penn State University in the US released a research paper last month that showed the way forward to producing ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads" that have a strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers."
Here is the article from CNN explaining the advancement in achieving this ambitious goal!
My question to you all out in ATS is would you ride the elevator? If so how much would the ride be worth to you?
originally posted by: Hoosierdaddy71
It's hard to imagine...sorry for the Lennon....something that long being able to support its own weight yet alone lift anything.
I'm not going one the first ride.
originally posted by: theabsolutetruth
Electrical energy, for example from lightning could affect it in various ways.
Could any scientist guarantee that a major asteroid wouldn't trash it, no they couldn't.