China planning to launch artificial moon to save on electricity

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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/8/18
http://time.com/5429288/china-chengdu-artificial-moon/
Apparently, China wants to launch an artificial moon to reflect more light at night. Is this way too scifi?

The night skies might soon have company: Chinese scientists are planning to launch an artificial moon into orbit by 2020 to illuminate city streets after dark.

Scientists are hoping to hang the man-made moon above the city of Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwestern Sichuan province, according to a report in Chinese state media. The imitation celestial body — essentially an illuminated satellite — will bear a reflective coating to cast sunlight back to Earth, where it will supplement streetlights at night.
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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/8/18
NOOOOO we don't need more junk in space or we will never get of f this planet.
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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/8/18
so my question is, is it going to be a fake moon or will it have the same/similar properties as the real moon, if it does, then does that not mean/imply that it could, in fact, cause more chaos on the planet? higher tides and so forth. leave it to China to want to show off their workers make pocket change in order to put up something that's useless. but hey they'd be the "first to colonize" the moon so hey they finally "did it".
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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/8/18
I have to wonder how they plan to keep the impact down to one city.
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I see no possible way this could go wrong.
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What good's it gonna do em if the new moon can't shine through all the gosh darn smog either?
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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/9/18
made in China, eh?
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Why should we be concerned with a Chinese megalaser spy sat that is obviously going to be used to suppress and oppress China's subservients?
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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/9/18
What could go wrong?
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Posted 12/9/18 , edited 12/9/18
*Spy satellite.
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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/9/18
Can we start launching garbage into the sun?

isn't that why we have the sun?

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