China to launch 3 artificial moons in space by 2022

China to Replace Streetlights With an Artificial Moon in 2020

The city of of Chengdu in southwest China has an ambitious plan to launch a fake moon into the sky that will illuminate the whole city.

If all goes according to plan of researchers, it is already two years over China Shine the first in the history of mankind a man-made moon, which is a reflecting sunlight artificial satellite. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from the University of MI and had a master of arts from Columbia University's School of Journalism.

The government hopes the illumination satellites will make the "moonlight" a little brighter and lessen the need for street lamps and lower electricity costs, state media reported.

While the artificial-moon project sounds like science fiction, something similar has been attempted before.

But Wu says the artificial moon would save the city on its electric bill because street lights would no longer be needed, while others have suggested the man-made moon would be a great tourist attraction, too.

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As China's space programme races to catch up with that of the United States and Russian Federation, a number of ambitious projects are in the pipeline, including the Chang'e-4 lunar probe - named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology - which aims to launch later this year.

Chinese scientist has planned to send three artificial moon in the next four years that are likely to orbit at 200 kilometres above the Earth and light up an area with diameter of 10 to 80 KM.

The artificial moon, essentially an illuminated satellite, will hover 500 km above Earth, much closer than the moon's 384 km.

Mr. Wu added that notable universities and institutes - Harbin Institute of Technology, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp for example - have approved the project for trial and demonstration. "It can also illuminate blackout areas when natural disasters such as quake happen", he said.

However, Wu told China Daily that "We will only conduct our tests in an uninhabited desert, so our light beams will not interfere with any people or Earth-based space observation equipment". It used a giant sheet of plastic attached to a spacecraft to reflect sunlight back to Earth. The first experiment "Banner 2" in 1992-1993 was successful, but after the failure of the improved "solar mirrors" "the Banner is 2.5" in 1999 the project was closed.

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