July 16, 2011

Internet Slow? Be Thankful You're Not on Mars

Kate McAlpine, Science Now


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If your slow Internet connection has you frustrated, just be glad you don't have to communicate with a probe on Mars. Even with new technology, scientists will be able to transmit only about 270 megabits per second between the two planets, not a lot of information when you're talking about superhigh-resolution photos. But a new study suggests that by twisting laser light, scientists could pack enough information into interplanetary beams to speed up extraterrestrial communications to the multi-gigabit level.

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TAGGED: Data Transmission, Lasers