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Artwork of Russian space mirror Znamya in orbit

Artwork of Russian space mirror Znamya in orbit

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DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Space mirror. Artwork of the Russian space mirror Znamya ("banner") reflecting light onto a city at night. The space station Mir is seen at upper left. This 25 metre wide mirror was designed to create an area of light around 7 kilometres across on Earth, reducing heating and lighting costs. The mission was postponed in July 1998 due to a lack of funds. The idea caused controversy as some claimed that the light, which would be as bright as 10 full Moons, would disrupt wildlife and astronomers. This mirror was to be a prototype for even larger mirrors, which would have been around 200 metres wide and as bright as 100 full Moons.

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