China created an artificial Moon in China to speed up their lunar missions, just days after creating an artificial Sun. It is five times more powerful than the real Sun. Scientists used magnets to create an artificial moon that mimics the lunar environment.
Li Ruilin, a geotechnical engineering student at China University of Mining and Technology told South China Morning Post about the facility. The chamber will contain rocks and dust that will recreate the lunar environment. Ruilin, hailing the experiment as the first of its kind, said that “low gravity” can be achieved in an airplane or drop tower but it is temporary.
Ruilin highlighted that magnetic levitation differs from anti-gravity on Moon’s surface. Ruilin was inspired by Andre Geim, a Russian-born physicist. Although magnetic levitation may not be the same as antigravity in many cases, it is possible to mimic microgravity using magnetic fields. This could help you anticipate the unexpected in space research.
The low-gravity facility, which was hailed as the “first of its kind”, would allow scientists to test lunar technology and rovers before it is sent into space. The chamber is located in Jiangsu’s eastern city of Xuzhou. It will accelerate China’s ongoing lunar missions as well as give them a tough fight in space.