Photos of astronauts' pets sent into space using NASA's first two-way, end-to-end laser relay system

A graphic from NASA showing the Earth from space, and a collage of pets and
(Image credit: NASA/Dave Ryan)

Proving that even astronauts are really just big kids, NASA’s two way, end to end laser relay system has been used to send over 500 pictures and videos of cherished pets flying through space.

The animals travelled over laser communication links at a rate of 1.2 gigabits per second, which is speedier than most home internet speeds.

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Leonie Helm
Staff Writer

After graduating from Cardiff University with an Master's Degree in Journalism, Media and Communications Leonie developed a love of photography after taking a year out to travel around the world. 

While visiting countries such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Ukraine with her trusty Nikon, Leonie learned how to capture the beauty of these inspiring places, and her photography has accompanied her various freelance travel features. 

As well as travel photography Leonie also has a passion for wildlife photography both in the UK and abroad.