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Space elevator, conceptual image

Space elevator, conceptual image

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34.3 x 44.5 cm ⏐ 13.5 x 17.5 in (300dpi)

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RICHARD KAIL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY RICHARD KAIL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Space elevator, conceptual image. Computer artwork of a view towards an elevator that reaches from the Earth's surface to space. To remain stable, the elevator needs to rise all the way to geostationary orbit at a height of 35,900 kilometres, with a counterweight above that. Immensely strong materials (such as carbon nanotubes) would be needed to build this structure, which is a cross between a tower and a rope.

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