NASA has just beamed a cat video from 19 million miles away back to Earth in a new experiment that tests the limits of communication between our home planet and the depths of the solar system.
The cat is known as Taters and is owned by a Nasa employee. The video showed Taters chasing a laser beam and being uploaded to a spacecraft that was launched on Oct. 13. It took a while for the spacecraft to get far enough away for the experiment, but the results show a clear success.
Ryan Rogalin, the head of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, seems quite pleased with the experiment. “Despite transmitting from millions of miles away, it was able to transmit the video faster than most broadband Internet connections.” he told the BBC.
Charts from the spacecraft also analyzed the race, health and age of Taters and showed more than just a fun video to watch from space.