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The moon has faster Wi-Fi than you

The moon has faster Wi-Fi than you
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So you can't get a decent Wi-Fi signal on the other side of your house? Wait until you find out who has it better off than you.

Scientists have demonstrated that it's possible to beam a wireless Internet signal all the way to the moon - that's 238,900 miles!

Theoretically, that means that any astronauts or scientists stationed on the moon in the next decade or so could beam back data and selfies just like they were in the next room.

Four telescopes based in New Mexico sent an uplink signal to a receiver on a satellite orbiting the moon. Each telescope, about 6 inches in diameter, uses a laser transmitter to beam information in pulses of infrared light.

That way, at least one of the telescope signals will reach the moon after they deal with the distortion from the Earth's atmosphere.

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