The US space agency NASA has succeeded in streaming a video of a cat from a spacecraft 19 million miles from Earth to our planet using new laser technology.
The 15-second video featured a cat named Taters and is the first time video from deep space has been beamed down to Earth by laser.
The video was sent to Earth by a laser transceiver from the Psyche spacecraft.
This technology, called Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC), will help future astronauts to communicate with Earth at high speed during their journeys to Mars and other planets.
The video signal sent from the laser was received by the Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory in San Diego and then transmitted to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Bill Klipstein, the project manager for the technology at JPL, said the goal of the experiment was to transmit video over millions of miles.
He added that the experiment is even more memorable because instead of video data from the spacecraft, we produced a video ourselves and transmitted it to Earth.
Right now, communication with spacecraft in space relies on radio signals that are sent to huge antennas on the ground.
This method is good but it is limited because sometimes it becomes impossible to send large files like HD photos and videos.
According to scientists, it may be possible to transfer data 10 to 100 times faster with laser technology.
The Ultra HD video of the cat took 101 seconds to reach Earth.
The video from the Palomar Observatory to JPL was transmitted over the Internet, but the speed was slower than the signal from space, NASA experts said.
Earlier in early December, a signal from the Psyche mission was sent from space to Earth using this laser technology.
At that time, NASA officials said that the technology will be further tested in the coming months and the process of sending or receiving data will become lightning fast.
He said that this technology would be important for human travel to Mars as it would enable video streaming.