A Cat Video Shot By NASA Laser Over 19 Million Miles Away

A NASA spacecraft just sent a 15-second Cat Video called Taters back to Earth from an astounding distance of 19 million miles away, in an adorable take on interstellar communication. The film was more than meets the eye; it served as a precursor to future high-bandwidth data transmission from space thanks to the agency’s innovative Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) research.

Laser Pointer and Taters

The transmission technology is the true show-stopper, however, Earthlings can’t get enough of Taters’ cute antics as they chase a red dot (a universal catnip, apparently). The data from the videos was converted into a sequence of light pulses and sent back to Earth by means of a strong laser that was attached to the NASA Psyche spacecraft.

On Earth, a telescope at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goldstone Deep Space Network in California picked up the signal, which then converted into the cute film that everyone may watch.

Putting Cat Videos in Space?

Despite appearances, this interplanetary catastrophe has enormous consequences. Conventional radio waves have many limits when it comes to communicating in space. Future space missions will produce enormous quantities of data.

And these systems aren’t up to the task. They’re also slow and easily disrupted. They provide a more effective and expedited means of transmitting data over long distances.

Exploring the Cosmic Catwalk

The Taters transmission is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this technological leap. Our ability to receive high-definition photographs and scientific data from faraway probes and missions, such as the one to Jupiter’s ice moon Europa, is something that DSOC hopes to change through revolutionizing deep space communication.

Envision yourself getting data continuously from probes investigating the solar system’s outer regions or seeing alien landscapes in near-real-time. We absolutely astounded by the possibilities.

How does space travel look to the future?

The intergalactic journey of Taters is a huge step forward for humans (and felines!). It proves that communicating with space via lasers is possible, opening the door to a future when we can send data faster and see the universe more clearly.

Perhaps in the future, we will be able to see live feeds of astronauts petting extraterrestrial cats in space. Let us toast Taters, the trailblazing feline who proved that even the most adorable cats can lead the way in scientific discovery. With a glass (or a bowl) of milk, until then.


To make the Cat Video data fit into the bandwidth restrictions of the laser, it was compressed one hundred times. In contrast to conventional radio waves, which might take hours or even days to reach Earth, this broadcast only took 17 minutes. The data transfer speeds that future DSOC systems may be able to attain are 100 times quicker than what is currently possible with radio technologies. Observe a cat pursuing a laser pointer the next time you see one.

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