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13694271 Nanotechnology

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The new nano-designed spacesuits will be light, thin, comfortable,
and easy to work with but they will have enhanced strength. The suit will
automatically adjust to the contours of the astronaut’s body when it is
put on. The suit will be able to repair itself.

NASA Space Elevator

A space elevator is essentially a long cable extending from the Earth’s
surface to a tower in space. The space elevator will orbit Earth at about
36,000 kilometers in altitude.
Four to six “elevator tracks” would extend up the sides of the
tower and cable platforms, at different levels. These tracks would allow

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What will be the first major space commercial busi-
nesses? The top two businesses may be passenger
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electromagnetic vehicles to
travel at speeds reaching
hour. The vehicles traveling
along the cable could serve
as a mass transportation sys-
tem for moving people, payloads, and power between Earth and space.
Security measures are also planned to keep the cable structure from
tumbling to Earth.
Carbon Nanotubes and the Space Elevator. To build such a sky-high el-
evator, very strong materials would be needed for the cables (tethers)
and the tower. Carbon nanotubes could be the answer for constructing

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the cables. Carbon nanotubes appear to have the potential strength the
space elevator needs.
According to NASA researchers, carbon nanotubes are 100 times
stronger than steel. The space elevator will become a realistic possibility

Space Elevator. Scientists envision a space
elevator based in the Pacific Ocean. Go to:
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with nanotube fibers that
nanotechnology will provide.
cable must be thickest there
and taper exponentially as it
approaches Earth. Using this
material, a cable could be constructed, probably downwards from the
space station.

However, NASA states that the space elevator construction is not fea-
sible today, but it could be toward the end of the 21st century.

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