China Plans to Launch 'Moon Double' Into Space to Illuminate Streets - Reports

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Apart from this, China is participating in another moon-related project in cooperation with Russia. The two countries are planning to develop their own lunar program with the ultimate aim of building a moon base.

Chairman of the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co (CASC) Wu Chunfeng said that Beijing will be launching a "lighting satellite" in two years, according to the People's Daily.

In this photo provided by China's official Xinhua News Agency, a Long March-4C rocket carrying a relay satellite, named Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), is launched from southwest China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Monday, May 21, 2018. China has launched a relay satellite as part of a groundbreaking program to land a probe on the far side of the moon this year. The China National Space Administration said on its website that the satellite lofted into space early Monday aboard a Long March-4C rocket will facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the Chang'e 4 mission. - Sputnik International
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The device is intended to complement moonlight and will be able to directly illuminate an area with a diameter up to 80 kilometers, but will produce 8 times more light than the Earth's natural satellite. The CASC project will be used to illuminate the streets of the city of Chengdu.

China's space program has actively been developing in recent years. CASC recently announced that as a part of the development of its lunar program, China will be cooperating on the construction of a moon base. Head of Russia's space program Dmitry Rogozin also confirmed the existence of such plans.

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