A Second ‘Moon’ In The Night Sky: China Plans Launch To Help Save Energy, Light Up City ChengduRepresentative image. (Partial eclipse of the moon) (@airnewsalerts/Twitter)

Chinese space engineers are planning to launch an artificial moon into space to light up the city of Chengdu, Business Insider has reported. It is expected to be eight times as bright as the earth’s satellite.

The mission is expected to be completed by 2020. Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute is the main contractor for this program.

Wu Chunfeng, the chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute believes that the project will help in reducing energy consumption in the city of Chengdu. Energy savings from the project is estimated to be 20 billion yuan within five years of its launch. It is expected to light up an area close to 50 miles in diameter.

In 1993, Russia had launched a similar ‘illumination mechanism’ called a space mirror to increase the length of the day. The device, however, reflected a beam of light which looked like a bright pulse of a star.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement