What's The Moon's Wifi Password?

Next time you have trouble connecting to wifi here on Earth, you might be shocked to know that you'd have no problem getting online on the moon. Not only is the moon a wifi hotspot, the speed of the internet on the moon is ultra fast. NASA and MIT researchers recently debuted a new rig that uses pulses of laser light to transport data from Earth to the moon 238,900 miles away. It's possible to get 19.44 megabits per second upload speed on the moon, which is near the fastest speeds you can get on Earth.

How To Connect To WiFi In Space

NASA and MIT have teamed up — and your connection on the moon could be better than the one in your living room.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The International Space Station gets 10 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. 00:40

  2. The Mars Curiosity rover can communicate with its orbiting partner Odyssey at around 250 Kbps. 00:56

  3. Radio communication in space may soon be replaced with video chat and Internet technology. 02:00

How Do Astronauts Go To The Bathroom In Space?

Some pretty basic stuff gets way more complicated in zero-gravity.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The first space flights were so short that there was no need to give astronauts a way to use the bathroom. This required one astronaut to pee in his own suit during a delayed takeoff. 00:26

  2. By Apollo 11, NASA had developed a containment system that astronauts wore under their suits. For space shuttles, they developed high-tech diapers that are still worn today. 01:48

  3. Today, astronauts use space toilets that require them to pee into a tube that vents urine into space, where it turns into gas. Solid waste is also sucked away, but stored until the return to earth. 02:19

How Does WiFi Work?

Don't take that wireless connection for granted.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Ethernet allows data to be converted into an electrical signal carried by a wire. The data is carried through radio waves when using Wi-Fi. 00:37

  2. To avoid interference, Wi-Fi signals are transmitted at one of two frequencies, 2.4 GHz or 5.0 GHz. 01:02

  3. TCP/IP is the protocol in which an image is broken down into smaller packets, directed into the receiving router and reassembled to form the image. 01:17

Written by Curiosity Staff August 4, 2015

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