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MIT’s Lincoln Lab helps speed space communication

Building a broadband connection to outer space requires something entirely sci-fi: a laser beam that can hit the moon.

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington recently tested just such a contraption. They fired a laser from a NASA base station in White Sands, N.M., at a lunar satellite about the size of a small car some 240,000 miles from Earth and nailed it with a stream of data.

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