China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

Cai Yang  Xinhua via APChina Planning Probes Manned Missions Ultimately a Base on Moon- Space Chief

Cai Yang Xinhua via APChina Planning Probes Manned Missions Ultimately a Base on Moon- Space Chief

The artificial or man-made moon is a satellite carrying a huge space mirror, which can reflect the sun light to the Earth.

Kang Weimin, director of the Institute of Optics, School of Aerospace, Harbin Institute of Technology, tells People's Daily that "the light of the satellite is similar to a dusk-like glow, so it should not affect animals' routines".

A Chinese city has plans to build what it is describing as an "artificial moon" and bright enough to possibly replace the need for street lights. The fake moon will supposedly be able to light up an area up to about 50 miles in diameter, and also be remotely controllable for light precision.

Wu Chunfeng, head of the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, unveiled the singular plan at a national mass innovation and entrepreneurship event held last week.

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Exact details about the new moon and the launch date haven't been released, but Wu said scientists have been working on the idea for years and that technology has finally matured.

The project is set to be completed in 2020 and, according to the People's Daily, the artificial moon is "designed to complement the moon at night".

Some expressed concerns about light pollution and potentially negative impact on animals.

The satellite is due for launch in 2020 and could start work soon after, the paper reported.

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According to the International Dark Sky Association, which advocates for the protection of night skies, living under light-polluted skies is a grave health hazard as our biological clock evolved to match the day-night cycle, and exposure to artificial light at night has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, sleep disorders, depression and more.

The idea came from a French artist who suggested that a "necklace made of mirrors above the earth.could reflect sunshine through the streets of Paris all year round", People's Daily says.

The scheme developed by Russian Federation used a device called Znamya 2.

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