Tag Archives: Space

One giant lift for mankind

Science fiction authors have fantasised about an elevator that could reach into space since Arthur C Clarke’s A Fountain of Paradise. Now the discovery of carbon nanotubes could make fantasy a reality.

These threadlike structures, less than 1/50,000 the width of a hair, are stronger than steel: a string the size of a sewing thread could bear the weight of a car.

Full text on the Sunday Times website here, or read on.

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One way tickets to Mars

I have now largely taken over writing the regular ‘briefing’ for the Comment section of The Sunday Times. This article (below) on the future of the space race is the latest.

It’s here on the Sunday Times website, or after the fold.

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