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A Japanese construction firm takes space tourism to a new level by sending people above the planet in a small contraption.

Obayashi Corporation, a Japanese construction company, has unveiled lofty plans to build an elevator into Space by the year 2050. The company hopes to build a space station 36,000 km (around 22,500 miles) above Earth complete with a solar-powered nanotube pulley. The carbon nanotube technology, which is more than 20 times stronger than steel, will carry up to 30 passengers and travel at a speed of 200-km per hour. The week-long journey will eventually allow visitors to step off onto the space station, which houses laboratories and living spaces. Satomi Katsuyama, the project’s leader, said of the plans:

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