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October 26 2013

NASA downloads data from moon, sets speed record

It turns out that NASA is still reliant on old-fashioned radio waves to talk to its ever more advanced space equipment. And itís looking to change that.

This week, NASAís Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD) used a pulsed laser beam to transmit data between the moon and New Mexico at a download rate of 622 megabits per second. Thatís a record-breaking download rate between the Earth and its moon, some 239,000 miles apart, and one that NASA says heralds a future of high-speed connection between Earth and space.

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