I was talking to Jeff "Crackbass" Wilson this weekend about space elevators and how cool they're going to be, and how once we have a few of them going, it'll probably only cost a few hundred dollars to go into space, and Crackbass rained on my parade by saying, "What kind of material do you think they're going to be able to use to make these elevators? Nothing is strong enough to stretch from earth all the way into space."
And briefly my hopes were crushed. No space elevators. No trips into space unless you're a billionaire with a few million in cash sitting around to help pay for gas money on a shuttle ride.
But then this morning a quick Google search turened up a potential answer to the materials problem (carbon-nanotube-composite ribbon), and we're off again on the great space elevator race. Who wants to ride up to heaven with Steanso on the great space elevator?!