A city in China wants to launch an artificial moon into space
Little else is known about the illumination satellite, including its size or cost. It is also unclear whether introducing another source of light in the sky would have a negative impact on the local population or wildlife, possibly by disrupting the daily chiaroscuro cycle.
This is not the first time that the idea of putting new light sources into space floated.
In the 1920s, German physicist Hermann Oberth proposed the idea of using a space mirror to reflect light on Earth. Nothing came of this idea. But seven decades later, on February 4, 1
993, Russian cosmonauts released a small experimental mirror from the Mir space station, Bruce Hunt, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, NBC News MACH said in an e-mail. 19659003] Dubbed Znamya, the mirror briefly reflected a ray of light to the earth that was two to three times brighter than the moon, the New York Times reported at the time. A few days later, the mirror burned as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere.
Despite much interest in such ideas, Hunt, who specializes in the history of science and technology, is dubious of the Chinese project. 
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