Thursday, April 14, 2022

Why Quantum? Why Now? NASA Celebrates World Quantum Day

Why Quantum? Why Now? NASA Celebrates World Quantum Day

April 14 marks the annual World Quantum Day, and NASA's Space Communications and Navigation program is excited to celebrate! Whether you know it or not, quantum physics touches our lives each day. Everything physical around us is made of matter, from the air we breathe to the water we drink—even our own bodies are made of matter. In its smallest measurable form, matter is made up of atoms. Within atoms are even smaller particles called electrons, protons, and neutrons—and protons and neutrons are made of even smaller units of matter called quarks. 

Quantum physics is the study of these extremely small atomic particles and quarks. Quantum aims to understand the nature of energy and matter through these small particles in order to better understand the world around us and apply quantum theories to real-world technology solutions. 

NASA uses quantum technologies every day, from atomic clocks to future quantum communications networks. Hear from some of our NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) quantum experts at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and NASA Headquarters as they discuss why quantum is critical to advancing space communications and exploration. 

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Credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Duration: 4 minutes, 24 seconds

Release Date: April 14, 2022

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