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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.

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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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