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The Man Turning China Into a Quantum Superpower

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Jian-Wei Pan

Jian-Wei Pan.

Credit: Noah Sheldon

On September 29, 2017, a Chinese satellite known as Micius made possible an unhackable videoconference between Vienna and Beijing, two cities half a world apart. As it whisked across the night sky at 18,000 miles (29,000 kilometers) per hour, the satellite beamed down a small data packet to a ground station in Xinglong, a couple of hours' drive to the northeast of Beijing.

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