It seems the space elevator that Arthus C. Clark invented is now looking like becoming reality.
Arthus C. Clark gets it right again
The big suprise for me is that somone has already made a carbon nantube of a couple of feet. WOW!
This is the stuff of hundreds of SF books. In Wiliam Gibson's books he describes a foot long single strand nanotube being used as a weapon (they are supper strong and super sharp) the protaganist uses it lop peoples heads off or split them in two or to cut steal bars.
The whole economics of the Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson is based on this technology. It includes space elevators on Earth and Mars.
Personaly I think one of the most important places to build one of these would be the moon. My reasoning being if we ever develop space industries the moon would be the best source for raw materials refining and production. No real worries about polution plus being in orbit around earth it would give a great launch platform both back down to earth for any products and out into the solar system for exploration and maybe even colinisation.
Kind Regards Walker