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Chinese scientists just TELEPORTED an object into Earth’s orbit for the FIRST time

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Chinese scientists just TELEPORTED an object into Earth’s orbit for the FIRST time

“Beem me up, Scotty!” Chinese scientists have managed to teleport an object into Earth’s orbit for the first time ever. If you ask me, that’s a pretty big deal.

Beam me up, Scotty! Image Credit: Shutterstock

The idea of teleportation has long been considered only possible in science fiction movies. In fact, in the early 1990’s scientists speculated that teleportation could be possible with the aid of quantum physics.

Since the idea was proposed, experts made great progress and in 2016 managed to successfully conduct the world’s first quantum teleportation outside of a laboratory.

But experts didn’t want to stop there so they stepped up a notch. Now, experts in China managed to achieve the “unachievable” after they successfully teleported a photon from our planet to a satellite orbiting Earth more than 500 kilometers away. Pretty awesome right?

This revolutionary experiment was conducted between the Micius—a Chinese quantum satellite named after Chinese philosopher from the 5th century BC—and a ground station in Asia where scientists managed to transfer the photon from Earth to space.

The Chinese satellite was launched into orbit in 2016. Micius is equipped with state-of-the-art technology featuring a super sensitive photon receiver which enables the satellite to detect the quantum state of a single photon which is fired at it from the Earth.

But not only did Chinese scientists teleport the FRIST object ever from our planet into space, they basically created a revolutionary satellite-to-ground quantum network, which eventually allowed them to beat the record for the longest distance for which entanglement has been measured. And why is entanglement so important here?

Because “Quantum teleportation” relies on “quantum entanglement,” a phenomenon where one set of objects—like the photon—appears at the same instant and point in space—sharing the ‘same existence’.

Furthermore, as noted by Futurism, “this shared existence continues even when the photons are separated – meaning a measurement on one immediately influences the state of the other, regardless of the distance between them.”

Scientists explain that this extraordinary link is what allows us to transmit quantum information essentially by uploading and downloading the information assigned to one ‘object’ or photon in this case, over an ‘entangled link’ to another photon/object. The second photon/object takes on the identity of the first, in other words, TELEPORTATION.

“Long-distance teleportation has been recognized as a fundamental element in protocols such as large-scale quantum networks and distributed quantum computation,” report Chinese scientists to MIT Technology Review. 

“Previous teleportation experiments between distant locations were limited to a distance on the order of 100 kilometers, due to photon loss in optical fibers or terrestrial free-space channels,” they added.

But… how did Chinese experts know they’ve actually achieved teleportation? Scientists created entailed pairs of photons on the ground facility at a rate of around 4,000 per second and beamed ONE of the photons to their satellite—orbiting Earth 500 km above—and kept the other one the ground. Eventually, they measured the photons on the ground and in orbit in order to confirm the entanglement was taking place.

And while all of this may sound like Star Trek technology to many of us, the truth is that it’s not quite as that. At least not yet. Why? Because we still can’t transport anything large.

Also, while there is also no “maximum teleportation distance” entanglement is extremely fragile and the links are unstable, meaning they can easily be broken.

However, this new study paves the way for revolutionary technology that could maybe one day, help us make reality what we’ve only seen in science fiction movies.

(H/T Futurism)

Source (arXiv)

23 Comments
  • Michel Siliakus

    No they did not send an object…they sent data… huge difference

    • Your are still here. Happy to see you with us 🙂

      • Michel Siliakus

        Of Course 😉 just haven’t been replying much anymore…

        • Well I’m glad critical readers like you are here!

    • and correct me if im wrong, a PHOTON is still an object.

      • Michel Siliakus

        An object would be made out of photons…..

        • Isn’t a photon considered an elementary particle– i.e. a particle whose substructure is unknown, and a particle is a small localized object defined by either physical or chemical properties, like volume or Mass?

          I see it like this: Photon=Elementary Particle=Particle=Object?

          Food for thought?

          • Michel Siliakus

            Let’s just call a photon a quantum object for now 😉

          • Agreed. 🙂

          • Even though Photons have ‘zero mass’.

      • Michel Siliakus

        And if you read correctly in the pdf i just send you.. youll find that the photon in question was not send there by teleportation but by spacecraft that has been launched from China on 16th August 2016..

  • Harrison Bergeron

    Clickbait… JUST, as in 10 months ago… OBJECT, as in data.

  • Jim Wakefield

    The Earth is stationary. It does not move. This is the perpetual lie of Heliocentrism. The Earth is Geocentric and immovable. The Sun (which is not 93 Million miles away) and the Moon move in circuits around the Earth. Research the truth for yourselves. NASA and others have been lying to the world. “Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.” – A. Einstein.

    • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

      ~~ yawn ~~
      .
      Oh Jim, did I mention ~~ YAWN ~~ yet?

      • Jim Wakefield

        Savage64troll, Rule #1 of trolling, you don’t reveal that you’re a troll. 0/10 try harder. ~~ SLEEP ~~

        • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

          Is that the best you can come up with, a troll comment? The fact your first comment is tin foil hat substance labels you misinformed and plain whacko. But then to add “~~SLEEP~~” onto the end of your obvious trolling remark means you don’t have an original thought in your head. Good luck next time and thanks for waking me up to what a putz you are.

          • Jim Wakefield

            Your intellect has to be that of some young teenager that hurls insults like the candy you must eat. Grow up little princess. And please grow a brain. You’ll need one after moving out of your parent’s basement.

          • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

            Are you still here? Your reaction is typical….a bunch of assumptions where not ONE is correct, except “you don’t deal with children”….THAT I believe. And yet you assume I’m a child and you are still here dealing with me. That in itself completely destroys your argument…that you are a liar, that you don’t believe anything you say. If you don’t believe it, how are we to believe it?
            As far as my Intellect…MIT Comp. Grad in Nuclear Science, A Major University (none of your business which one) graduate in Microbiology and Mathematics. Currently working as an Electronics Tech for not only one of the largest employers in America, but one that is worldwide as well. So yeah, don’t let the long hair and attitude fool ya. I’m a smart MF.

            So Mrs. Wakefield….change your Depends, drink your Metamucil, take your One-A-Day plus iron, make sure you have your “Help-I’ve-Fallen-And-I-Can’t-Get-Up” necklace on and enjoy the rest of your life and stop trying to parent other adults in the room.

            Sheesh !!!

  • marlio

    Sure the chinese teleported somthing to the sun. Its all smoke and mirrors.

  • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

    The Chinese dinndu nuffin’…..
    .
    Umm….light is made up of photons.

    Photons travel at the speed of light.

    From ground to satellite that photon would seem to travel instantaneously.

    Teleportation? Naw…..Law of Conservation (energy cannot be destroyed nor created)

    Photons have zero mass…hence not matter.

    The photon is therefore is an energy particle and the Chinese “beamed” it from a x-mitter on the ground to a satellite in the sky quicker than you can say “E=mC^2”

  • desertdaniel

    I read that Chinese investigators found children who could teleport objects into and out of a sealed container. This was done in a lab with sensitive instruments observing. The results were anomalous, to say the least.

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