Several high-tech companies are teaming up on a plan to put a mobile phone network on the moon next year.
Vodaphone Germany, Nokia, and Audi are working on a mobile network and robotic vehicles that are part of a private expedition to the moon timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary year of the first manned lunar landing.
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The project with PTScientists in Germany would use a 4G network to send high-definition information from rovers back to a lunar lander, which would then be able to communicate it back to Earth.
They plan to launch the vehicles from Cape Canaveral next year on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket. (VOA)