The Mona Lisa, one of the most recognizable pieces of art in human history, can now be viewed in its new location, orbiting gently above the moon. Using a carefully timed laser, NASA scientists successfully beamed an image of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that has been floating above the moon’s surface since 2009. David Smith, a researcher with the project, was quite enthused with his work. "This is the first time anyone has achieved one-way laser communication at planetary distances,” he said.
Communicating by lasers, which move at light speed, could offer a vast improvement over the radio links currently used to maintain contact with all of NASA’s probes operating in our solar system.
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.