The Moon's Internet Connection is Probably Faster than Yours

By Eric Limer on at

Not happy with your internet speeds? There's a simple solution: just move to the Moon. Researchers just beamed Wi-Fi there, and the connection is probably faster than anything you've got in your neighbourhood.

Moon Wi-Fi has been a long time coming, but researchers at NASA and MIT have now made it a reality. Using four six-inch diameter telescopes to beam pulses of infrared light to a satellite circling the Moon, scientists established a solid connection with a speed of 19Mbps down. That's faster than the UK's national average.

While it may beat out your ISP, it's nothing compared to the ISS-to-Moon connection, which offers a blistering 622 Mbps. But over an Earth-to-Moon distance of 238,900 miles, 19Mbps isn't bad. The researchers will present more in-depth findings at the CLEO laser technology conference in California. [Discovery]

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