At its closest, Mars is 33.9 million miles away from Earth. The Internet connection is pretty lousy out there, and it needs to get better. NASA's new report notes that the Mars rovers can send and receive data at a rate of about two million bits per second. By comparison, the International Space Station's data rate is 300 million bits per second. And in order to navigate to and land on Mars, NASA's gonna need a stronger connection--something on the order of a billion bits per second (1 Gigabit per second). The solution: lasers.