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NASA shoots laser at moon as part of deep space communications test

January 18, 2013

NASA shoots laser at moon as part of deep space communications test

Why would NASA send the Mona Lisa to the moon?

NASA has successfully sent the Mona Lisa to a spacecraft orbiting the moon almost 240,000 miles away, part of a planned trial run of a newly devised laser technology.

The new technology, which may become common practice soon, was able to send the famous painting to the spacecraft via a laser beam, making Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa the first digital image to be beamed to space. Measuring just 30 inches by 21 inches, the Mona Lisa, an oil on a poplar wood panel, is arguably the most famous work of art in existence.

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