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NASA Beams Mona Lisa to Moon with Laser
01-18-2013, 07:13 PM #1
KILLUMINATI Made Ya Look!!
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İmage

Call it the ultimate in high art: Using a well-timed laser, NASA scientists have beamed a picture of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, to a powerful spacecraft orbiting the moon, marking a first in laser communication.

The laser signal, fired from an installation in Maryland, beamed the Mona Lisa to the moon to be received 240,000 miles (384,400 km) away by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting the moon since 2009. The Mona Lisa transmission, NASA scientists said, is a major advance in laser communication for interplanetary spacecraft.

"This is the first time anyone has achieved one-way laser communication at planetary distances," David Smith, a researcher working with the LRO's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter — which received the Mona Lisa message — said in a statement. "In the near future, this type of simple laser communication might serve as a backup for the radio communication that satellites use. In the more distance future, it may allow communication at higher data rates than present radio links can provide."



The LRO spacecraft was the prime choice to test out the novel communication method because the spacecraft was already equipped with a laser receiver. While most spacecraft exploring the solar system today are tracked using radio signals, NASA is tracking LRO via lasers as well.

But the timing had to be just right.

read more: http://www.space.com/19323-mona-lisa-moo...photo.html
01-18-2013, 07:22 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Cool.

I'm sure they will be finding many uses for lasers in space.

http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/laser/
01-18-2013, 07:24 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Moona Lisa. beercheer.gif

So when are the men on the moon gonna send us some art? damned.gif
01-18-2013, 07:38 PM #4
KILLUMINATI Made Ya Look!!
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(01-18-2013, 07:22 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  Cool.

I'm sure they will be finding many uses for lasers in space.

http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/laser/


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01-18-2013, 08:07 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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They've been using lasers in space for decades already. coffeetime.gif

İmage
01-18-2013, 08:13 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Laser weaponry...bigger and better...always. damned.gif

Quote:Later this year, Rheinmetall plans to unveil more laser tech -- this time combining a laser weapon with an automatic canon.

The company is currently working on integrating a 60kW laser with the 35mm Ahead Revolver Guns system.

Further down the road, the company believes from a technical stand-point that it will build a 100kW output weapon, as well as a mobile version.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/01/14/g...z2ILeJsoMU
01-18-2013, 08:43 PM #7
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I'm a bit concerned with the weaponization of space. My gut instinct tells me this is wrong on many levels.

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01-18-2013, 09:03 PM #8
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(01-18-2013, 08:43 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  I'm a bit concerned with the weaponization of space. My gut instinct tells me this is wrong on many levels.


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