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Mona Lisa rides laser beams all the way to the moon: NASA

NASA scientists say they have succeeded in beaming an image of the Mona Lisa, the iconic painting by Leonardo da Vinci, all the way up to the moon. 

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It's moonward for the Mona Lisa.

Xiaoli Sun/NASA Goddard

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Sometime in the early 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci painted his Mona Lisa, a work that has been called "the most visited, most written about, most sung about, most parodied work of art in the world." More than 500 years later, and the Mona Lisa can add a new superlative to her resume: a trip to the moon. 

In a new paper published this week, scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Maryland, said they were were able to use lasers to send an image of da Vinci's painting all the way up to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, an unmanned spacecraft currently circling the moon. Later, the image was returned to earth by a radio telemetry system. 

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