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Tweeting from space?: Wi-Fi makes it to moon

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  • NASA and MIT researchers have been working on beaming a wireless signal from Earth to the moon
  • They will present their newest findings at a conference in June
Tweeting from space?: Wi-Fi makes it to moon

Wi-Fi really is available everywhere -- even, it seems, outside of Earth.

MIT researchers have been working with NASA since last fall to establish a Wi-Fi signal on the moon, according to The Optical Society (OSA). Thanks to four telescopes in White Sands, Mexico, transmitting a signal to a satellite orbiting the moon, you may one day be able to tweet about your space journeys from a lunar Starbucks. 

According to the researchers, they have found a way to transmit data through the telescopes via lasers. The data successfully traveled a 238,900-mile distance between Earth and its moon at a rate of 19.44 megabits per second, comparable to a slower broadband connection speed, according to the OSA.

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"Each telescope is about six inches in diameter and fed by a laser transmitter that sends information coded as pulses of invisible infrared light," the OSA release says.

The research team will present their findings at the Cleo 2014 conference June 8-13 in San Jose, California. In the meantime, we'll be sitting around wondering what the very first moon tweet will be.

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