If you've ever lost your mind waiting for a YouTube video or Instagram post to load here on Earth, this story could be mildly upsetting: NASA just revealed plans to build a 4G mobile network on the damn moon!
As part of its $370 million investment in lunar technology to support a base and human presence on the moon by 2028, NASA has tasked Nokia's Bell Labs and spaceflight engineering company Intuitive Machines with building a 4G-LTE network.
5G will eventually make its way to space, too. Other technologies being deployed include innovations across remote power generation, cryogenic freezing, robotics and spacecraft landing.
According to Bell Labs, astronauts will rely on the wireless network for much more than uploading moon selfies. Data transmission, controlling lunar vehicles, real-time navigation over lunar geography (kind of like Google Maps on the moon), and HD video streaming will all be made possible. Who wouldn't want to subscribe to a NASA Twitch channel?
Experts also think lunar 4G will be superior without the interference of trees, buildings, and other wireless signals.
However, the infrastructure needs to be able to handle a few of the odd challenges that space presents: extremely hot and cold temperatures, radiation, and the surrounding matter-less vacuum.
Following Pop Smoke's advice to "Shoot For The Stars," NASA's OSIRIS-REx ship collected a sample of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, returning to Earth sometime in 2023.
OSIRIS-REx launched in Sept. 2016 and has been orbiting the "rubble pile" asteroid, meaning it's not a single rock but rather a group of rocks linked by gravity, over 200 million miles away for almost two years.
The sample from this "Rosetta Stone" will help scientists learn more about asteroids that could impact Earth, as Bennu has a one in 2,700 chance of hitting our planet sometime during the next century. Yikes!
"Bennu is almost a Rosetta Stone out there, and it tells the history of our Earth and solar system during the last billions of years," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate.