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Soviets may orbit mirrors to beam sun to dark areas

Soviet scientists are working on a program to send huge mirrors into space to reflect sunlight onto dark cities and construction sites and boost the growth of crops, the Communist Party daily Pravda said Monday.

Giving details of a project it mentioned briefly last year, the paper said a Soviet experimental sun reflector could be in orbit within the next decade.

In 1982, scientists at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration published a study for a similar project, which they said was within present technical means, but no formal American program was launched.

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