Interstellar communication: the moon gets its first cellphone network

File: The full moon spring tide that peaks on Tuesday has begun to increase in intensity.

File: The full moon spring tide that peaks on Tuesday has begun to increase in intensity.

Reuters
File: The full moon spring tide that peaks on Tuesday has begun to increase in intensity.

File: The full moon spring tide that peaks on Tuesday has begun to increase in intensity.

Reuters

JOHANNESBURG  - The moon will get its first mobile phone network next year, enabling high-definition streaming from the lunar landscape back to Earth.

It is part of a project to back the first privately-funded moon mission.

Vodafone Germany, network equipment maker Nokia and carmaker Audi said on Tuesday they were working together to support the mission.

The establishment of the cellular network comes 50 years after the first NASA astronauts walked on the moon.