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Our Future Space Elevator May Be Built Of Diamond

Our Future Space Elevator May Be Built Of Diamond

If the notion that humans will one day ascend into orbit on a rope of ultra strong carbon nanofibres sounds a bit out of this world, then you’re going to love the latest dazzling twist: our future space elevators might actually be built of diamond.

These Tiny Diamond Nanothreads Could Someday Support A Space Elevator

These Tiny Diamond Nanothreads Could Someday Support A Space Elevator

A team of scientists just strung heaps of the world’s smallest diamonds into superstrong nanothreads. That makes for one impressive (and basically invisible) necklace, but the applications of these nanothreads don’t end there. They could someday help string up a lift to space — just like in science fiction.