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Monday, October 22, 2018
Communists To Launch Multiple Artificial Moons Into Orbit
Don't worry . . . Moons mean peace
The satellite will allegedly be able to adjust its brightness, aim light in different directions (a possible aid in times of disaster), and limit or expand its ground coverage, which could range from 6 to 50 miles in diameter.
Prior to launch, tests will be conducted "in an uninhabited desert" in order to ascertain whether or not the light will negatively affect the natural cycles of wildlife. According to Wu, however, the artificial moon will not "light up the entire night sky" because it is expected to be only about one-fifth as bright as regular streetlights.
Despite the announcement of environmental testing, some are still concerned about the potential light pollution caused by an artificial moon. Forbes quotes Director of Public Policy at the International Dark-Sky Association John Barentine: "This potentially creates significant new environmental problems with what, at first, seems like a novel approach to an already solved problem."
The satellite is set to be launched into orbit about 310 miles above the city of Chengdu in 2020. If the first moon proves successful, China plans to launch three additional satellites in 2022 that could cover a much larger area.