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Report: China to launch artificial moon by 2020

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China's space agency plans to launch an artificial moon in hopes of lighting up the night sky of one of it's provinces.

According to China Daily, China hopes to launch the satellite by 2020. The 'moon' would basically be a satellite with reflective coating that will deflect sunlight back down over the city of Chengdu.

The satellite would orbit just 310 miles above the Earth's surface, providing 1/5th of the light illuminated by typical streetlights. If all goes well, other satellites would be launched in 2022.

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