Vodafone and Nokia will have 4G services on the moon by 2019! As unbelievable as it sounds, it is true.
After Earth, the moon is the next celestial body that the humans explore and exploit. As if selling land on the moon wasn’t enough, now there is going to be internet on it.
According to a report in metro.co.uk, “In 2019, a German firm called PTScientists will launch a pioneering expedition to the moon. Its Audi Lunar Quattro robotic explorer rovers will use the 4G connection to communicate with a base station called the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module.”
“In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we need to develop infrastructures beyond our home planet. With Mission to the Moon we will establish and test the first elements of a dedicated communications network on the Moon,” Robert Böhme, chief executive of PTScientists said in the same report.
This initiative makes one wonder, will we exploit another planet or the moon for that matter just how we exploited Earth? And if the theory of aliens is to be believed, are they far more advanced than the human race?
There is one thing for sure that is going to change after this. One might no longer look at the moon as a heavenly body that stands as a very powerful symbol of romance. Who wants the internet interfering? And then when we think of the tides on Earth and how the moon controls it, it is going to feel a bit awkward to know that the waves of the internet will be filling our most loved celestial body.
On the other hand, space exploration might be the need of the day with the way we are treating the planet we live in. With Elon Musk’s Mars Mission and this now, we may be going ahead in ‘claiming spaces in space’, maybe a bit recklessly.