China Surprises The Internet By Announcing Their Plans To Launch An Artificial Moon

Whenever you think of an artificial Moon, the first name that probably pops up in your head is Death Star. And why shouldn’t it? It’s the greatest and biggest space station in cinematic history that also had a super-laser installed in it.

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But, in the foreseeable future, you might not have to keep re-visiting the Star Wars franchise to witness an artificial Moon. That’s because China’s making one for real.

In an attempt to light up its street, China is apparently launching an artificial moon into orbit. Scientists say that the moon will loom over the city of Chengdu, capital of China’s southwestern Sichuan province.

According to Time, the scientists will conduct tests, to make sure that this moon is functional, in an uninhabited desert so that the light beams will not interfere with any people or Earth-based experiments.

Netizens reading this were quite surprised by this. While some reacted hilariously, others pointed out this artificial moon might cause more light pollution.

1. Blade Runner: Moonraker

2. Nirvana for sci-fi fans.

3. It was only a matter of time.

4. Maybe he was the inspiration for this.

5. Okay, party pooper.

6. Didn’t think of that.

7. Well, ain’t that the truth?

8. Jeff Bezos has already booked a ticket to China.

9. Strange, but okay.

10. Somebody has to think out of the world.

11. Call Luke Skywalker, now!

12. Dreams are coming true.

13. As if they’d be really weak without them.

14. Probably the weirdest one.

15. It seems, the ‘First Man’ sequel is going to be pretty realistic.

This is not the first time humans have tried to do something preposterous regarding space. Russia tried to put up an orbital mirror that would’ve reflected sunlight into some of its dimly-lit areas. However, that project was abandoned in 1999. American firm Rocket Lab launched an artificial star, but it only ended up in the endless debris that’s circling our orbit. That said, if China does succeed in putting up a moon up there, do you think it’ll be good or bad?

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