The Moon's Internet Connection Is Probably Faster than Yours

Illustration for article titled The Moon's Internet Connection Is Probably Faster than Yours

Not happy with your internet speeds? Worried about it getting worse? 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 neighborhood.


Moon Wi-Fi has been a long time coming, but researchers at NASA and MIT have now made it a reality. Using four 6-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. Yes, that's faster than the United States' national average.

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

Image: Caspar Benson/Getty Images


Suck it, Moon: