Cosmetics for the Moon?

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall!

Who’s the fairest of them all?

The Moon!


Once upon a time, on a full moon night, somewhere in the West, someone may have spent a night like this :

Husband (relaxing after a long day of work in his balcony) : I love how peaceful the night is. Look at the full moon. It is heavenly!

His peace was interrupted by the sound of breaking glass! He hurriedly got up from his seat.

Wife (peeking out of the window from her bedside) : And there goes another bulb from your basketball court.

Husband : How many times will I have to tell your boy to aim for the basket and not for the lights?

Wife : Change the bulb for him tomorrow please. And he’s your son too!

Flopping back on his armchair, he looked up at the sky in exasperation.

Husband (to the moon) : If only you had been a little brighter, I wouldn’t have to keep changing bulbs then!

And that is when the idea hit him!

Husband : What if we made the moon brighter? What more would our company have to do to prove we indeed are the best in the business?

Meanwhile, here in India, on the same night, the moon smiled down as a young man was being agonized by his girlfriend to fish for the right kind of compliment. The Bollywood-romance stricken, Chetan Bhagat-Ravinder Singh avid reader, was barely wading through.

Boyfriend : Baby, you are so beautiful!

Girlfriend : Don’t you have anything new to say?

Boyfriend (clutching at any straws he could find!) : You’re as beautiful as the full moon!

Girlfriend (looking up at the sky) : The moon? This moon? The moon has black spots! Just look at it. I can’t believe you think I have bad skin. I use Fair And Lovely every day.

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She walks off in a huff.

Boyfriend (hassled) : I wish someone gave a Fair And Lovely to the moon too!

Realizing she wasn’t coming back, he hurried to catch up with her!

Little did he know someone, somewhere was planning to do just that!

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Jokes aside, here’s what a Swedish cosmetics company has proposed to achieve, if all goes well :

A Sweden-based cosmetics company has proposed a bizarre new method to eliminate the need for streetlights – brighten the surface of the Moon.
The idea is to use materials already on the Moon to lighten its surface. The goal is to reflect slightly more sunlight onto Earth, making the night sky brighter, according to the company’s think-tank Foreo Institute.
A brighter night sky would mean less need for streetlights, which could potentially translate to less electricity usage and thus fewer globe-warming carbon emissions, it said.

“Making the Moon brighter is not something I’ve ever heard of in the geoengineering literature,” said Ben Kravitz, a postdoctoral researcher in the atmospheric sciences and global change division of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Foreo’s claims to have raised USD 52 million for research and testing and a timeline on the company’s website says its first Moon mission is slated for 2020 with new rovers deploying every three years.

Foreo suggests the brightening effect would happen gradually over 30 years, allowing humans and animals time to adjust.

What do you have to say about it? 😉

Graciously Yours!

P.S. : Regardless to say, I do not intend to harm anyone’s sentiments scientifically or cosmetically!

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33 thoughts on “Cosmetics for the Moon?”

    1. Thank you, Izza! Once I’d read and discussed the news report I knew I had to share it with you all… But in a fun way… So here it is! 🙂

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      1. It was funny indeed and I kept on smiling till the last bit 😛 before some major science news! thanks for telling though 🙂

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      2. Yeah..you would have easily woo all the people to anticipate in the product buying and all, no ? 😛 And Accountancy..!…….Great 🙂

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  1. Whatever may be the result of this study done by Foreo Institute but the small conversation you’ve added portraying someone from West and India is outstandingly amazing! 🙂 ‘ Bollywood-romance stricken, Chetan Bhagat-Ravinder Singh avid reader’:perfect description of an Indian boyfriend.! 😉

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    1. Thank you, Archita! That is exactly the kind of reaction I wanted from anyone who read it! And it’s the first thing I’m reading in the morning! You gave me a good start to the day! 😉

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  2. Fascinating idea though I think 52 million dollars would be better spent on solar power and other renewable energy sources – then we wouldn’t need to lighten the moon to save on electricity!

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  3. So it won’t be darkest before dawn now. Stock prices of thieves just nose-dived. Batman is now a laughing stock of villains.
    I don’t know about the feasibility of the idea but I hope they have thought about the effect on our ecosystems.
    But, a brilliant show of creativity after doing something as simple as reading a newspaper article. A commendable job done here 🙂

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    1. We’ll have to change a lot of idioms, phrases and quotes to suit the new style of living!
      Regarding feasibility, the moon has quite a dusty surface and it doesn’t make sense how they’ll clean or paint the surface to increase the albedo. (Just showing off that I’ve been reading my geography at least!)
      And well, news this bizarre can get anyone’s creativity flowing! They’re demanding us to be creative to understand their creativity! 😉

      Thanks for the appreciation 🙂

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  4. haven’t we learnt enough from not taking nature for granted.. and not interferring with nature ..

    I find it a stupid idea all that money can be spent better on the betterment of Human beings

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    1. Look who’s come by to visit! Welcome 🙂

      We are in a race to better ourselves each time while competing with others! Nature is just subservient to all these mind boggling plans.
      Did you know the Earth’s been here for 4.6 billion years, and we’ve marked our presence from anywhere between 2 million years to 10000 years only? Look at how much destruction we’ve done already!

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  5. That’s such a nice subject to actually give time for pondering. But I disagree, I think one should not play, forge unnatural processes on these non man made objects. Intervening will cause damage making all of us suffer.

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    1. When I read the news, I knew I had to write a satire on it!
      Their idea is again like one of those bizarre space colonization ones. But where there’s money, there’ll be such projects too!

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