Space Elevator, artwork

Space Elevator, artwork

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Credit: CHRISTIAN DARKIN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Space elevator. Computer artwork of a future space elevator technology for mass space transportation. A counterweight (not seen) places the elevator's centre of mass at a 35,900-kilometre-altitude, a geostationary orbit. Here, the elevator rotates with the Earth, remaining connected to its distant anchor point on the equator. Electromagnetic propulsion systems could be used for the low-cost transport of people and materials into space. Objects descending from orbit would power ascending loads. Immensely strong materials are needed to build this cross between a tower and a rope. Carbon nanotube materials are thought to be suitable for the space section of an elevator.

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