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January 29, 2013
NASA Beams Mona Lisa to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at the Moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 21, 2013
As part of the first demonstration of laser communication with a satellite at the moon, scientists with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to the spacecraft from Earth. The iconic image traveled nearly 240,000 miles in digital form from the Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging (NGSLR) station at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) instrument on the spacecraft. By transmitting the image piggybac ... read more
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US, Europe team up for moon fly-by
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China to launch 20 spacecrafts in 2013
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