We’ve seen countless movies where humans use technology to teleport from one area on Earth to the next. Some films even go as far as teleporting humans, aliens, and things from one planet to another. However, is this even possible in today’s age?
It would seem so as scientists from China managed to teleport an object to space for the first time. It paves the way for groundbreaking breakthroughs in the future and also goes a long way to prove teleportation is possible.
What is the object sent to space?
Many might believe it’s a physical object, but such is not the case. In fact, it’s a photon, which is also an elementary particle that is capable of moving at the speed of light. Apparently, the Chinese researchers beamed the photon from the ground to a satellite 300 miles away via a process known as quantum entanglement.
According to researchers, it’ the farthest they have ever teleported an object in their experiments.
The report states that for an entire month, the team beamed up to a million photons to a low orbiting satellite in space, and they were successful 900 times.
“This work establishes the first ground-to-satellite up-link for faithful and ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation, an essential step toward global-scale quantum Internet,” the team said in a statement, according to MIT Technology Review.
In the past, scientists successfully performed the first quantum teleportation. The task was believed to be only possible in movies, but science has proven it practicable in the real world.
The transportation works by copying by breaking down whatever that is being teleported, and reassembles it once reaches its destination. It might sound like cloning, but such is not the case. It looks great, but one shouldn’t play with the idea of teleporting their pets across the universe just yet.
Physical objects are not yet possible to be teleported, but anything is possible. Science and technology are improving on a regular basis, which means, it’s not wise to doubt what we’ve yet to understand.
What’s the next step?
The report goes to show the technology is not yet perfected since success came 900 times out of a million. Nevertheless, it proves teleportation is possible, but not necessarily with physical objects. Teleporting a loaf of bread to a family member on Mars may one day become a reality, but for now, we must continue to teleport photons.
Interestingly enough, the report shows how much China is slowly leading the way in science at the expense of the United States and Europe. The country has come a long way as it sets to become the next leader in science, technology, and economy.