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Telescopes in NM send Wi-Fi to the moon

Created: 05/30/2014 3:21 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

Thanks to telescopes based in New Mexico, scientists now know it's possible to get Wi-Fi on the moon.

The experiment was conducted by a team of MIT researchers working with NASA. According to a news release, the scientists used four separate telescopes based in White Sands to send the uplink signal to a receiver mounted on a satellite orbiting the moon.

Each telescope is about six inches in diameter and fed by a laser transmitter that sends information coded as pulses of invisible infrared light.

The scientists were able to transmit data to the moon at a rate of 19.44 megabits per second, which is comparable to a slower broadband connection speed, according to Discovery News.


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