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[SlashGear] Mona Lisa goes to the moon using a laser

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NASA sent the Mona Lisa to the moon as part of an experiment that used the laser tracking system aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA shoots pulses of laser light to the orbiter from its Next Generation Satellite Ranging station located at the Goddard Space flight Center in Maryland regularly. Those laser beams are aimed at the orbiter’s Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter thati is used to locate the precise position of the orbiter as it circles the moon.

NASA researchers encoded a black and white version of da Vinci’s famous masterpiece as a series of values in a grid measuring 152 x 200 pixels. Each of those values entered into the grid represented a shade of black, gray, or white that range from a value of zero to a value of 4095. NASA then piggybacked the signal required to describe each pixel on the ranging stations laser pulses.

Science!

Before the people who think this has no relevant use (you know who you are tongue.gif), please read whole the article.
    
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Looks like a high error rate though.
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Saw the title and was really hoping they used a high powered laser to draw the mona lisa on the moon.
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Saw the title and was really hoping they used a high powered laser to draw the mona lisa on the moon.

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freaking scientists!!! stop trying to blow up the moon!!
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Skip 40 years ahead........ crop circles.

Just sayin!
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Great Skynet gets to bar-code us from space....

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