Chinese City May Get Fake Moon

An aerospace executive in China has announced plans to launch a  satellite which would serve as an artificial moon designed to illuminate  a city at night. The unorthodox idea was reportedly revealed by Wu Chunfeng, who heads one of the main contractors for the  Chinese space agency, at a conference last week. According to him, the  faux moon will hover over the city of Chengdu emitting a "dusk-like  glow" which would eliminate the need for street lights.

The illumination from the satellite, he said, will be adjustable and  could cover an area of land ranging from five to fifty miles in  diameter. While the idea may sound fanciful to some, Chungfeng appears  to be quite serious about the endeavor, explaining that the concept has  been tested extensively for the last few years and now looks to be  almost fully feasible. With that in mind, the executive is eying a 2020  launch for the fake moon.

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