Pretty cool right? Slightly misleading, however…because there’s also Wi-Fi on EARTH’S MOON (the bigger one).
How does it work?
From Salon:The transmission utilizes four separate telescopes connected to a laser transmitter that feeds coded pulses of infrared light through it. Those signals travel toward a satellite orbiting the moon. Researchers have managed to make a connection and transfer data at a speed approximating slower Wi-Fi speeds on Earth.
“Communicating at high data rates from Earth to the moon with laser beams is challenging because of the 400,000 kilometer distance spreading out the light beam,” said Mark Stevens of MIT Lincoln Laboratory. “It’s doubly difficult going through the atmosphere, because turbulence can bend light-causing rapid fading or dropouts of the signal at the receiver.”
I don’t know about you, but I’d love to bundle up in a lunar-based Tiny Home nestled in the Sea of Tranquility watching COSMOS and universe-gaze….
More on this from IBTimes.