Published on Jul 16, 2017
Chinese scientists successfully teleported an object from the Earth's surface to an orbiting satellite for the first time ever.
A photon — a tiny sub-atomic particle — was "transported" from the Gobi Desert to China's Micius satellite some 310 miles above the surface.
The Guardian reported it's a new record distance for quantum teleportation, which occurs when the complete properties of one particle are instantaneously transferred to another — in effect teleporting it to a distant location.
The technique has been in use since the 1990s, but it's the first time this has been done from Earth to space over such a long distance.
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