Artificial Moon

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    • Recently, China has built an artificial moon facility to simulate lunar conditions and the environment for scientists to test new tech and future missions.
      • The facility is slated for the official launch this year.

    About Artificial moon research facility

    •  It is located in the eastern city of Xuzhou, in Jiangsu province, China 
    • It will use powerful magnetic fields inside a 2-foot-diameter (60 centimetres) vacuum chamber to make gravity “disappear.”
    • The chamber will be filled with rocks and dust to imitate the lunar surface.
    • It is the “first of its kind in the world” and it could maintain such low-gravity conditions for as long as one wants.
    • Objectives:
      •  To test out instruments and technology in a low-gravity environment similar to that of the moon, and see whether its experiments can be successful on the lunar surface.
      •  The research facility is also expected to help in determining the possibility of human settlement on the moon.

    Source:News 18