Nasa beams Mona Lisa to Moon satellite using lasers

  • 19 January 2013
Mona Lisa

An image of the Mona Lisa has been beamed to a Nasa satellite at the Moon!

Scientists used lasers to send the world famous image nearly 240,000 miles to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

It's the first time that lasers have been used to communicate with a satellite orbiting the Moon.

Lasers are currently only used to track the satellite's position.

The image was then transmitted back to Earth to check its success.

The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503-1506.

Image caption The image that was sent back to Earth (left) and after it was corrected for errors (right)

Scientists usually use radio waves, not lasers, to track and communicate with satellites in space.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is the only satellite not orbiting Earth that can use both radio and laser.

In the future, using lasers could mean being able to exchange much more information with satellites.