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If this is all an elaborate prank, color me disappointed. A construction company named Obayashi Corp announced that they're building an elevator to space that should be completed by 2050. The elevator will be built with carbon nanotubes, which are 20 times stronger than steel, and will take 30 passengers 36,000 kilometers above the Earth at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour.

Google is also rumored to be developing some sort of space elevator, but that's just a rumor, whereas Obayashi came right out and announced it. It seems way too fantastical to be true, but technology advances by leaps and bounds. Just ask Newt Gingrinch about his moon base plans. Obayashi's plans are certainly ambitious, but they have almost four decades until their projected date of completion, and a lot can happen in that amount of time.

via Gizmodo