Laser-powered farewell to Moon mission

April 28, 2014 5:33 PM

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Laser-powered farewell to Moon mission

( —Just before NASA's latest Moon mission ended last week, an ESA telescope received laser signals from the spacecraft, achieving data speeds like those used by many to watch movies at home via fibre-optic Internet.

During an intense, three-day effort starting on 1 April, ESA's Optical Ground Station in Spain received data signals via laser from the Moon at the stunning speed of 80 megabits per second.

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