China tests a ‘lunar palace’ on earth

Four graduate students live in a closed laboratory for 200 days to simulate a mission to the Moon

Chinese students will live in a laboratory that simulates a lunar environment for up to 200 days while Beijing prepares for the long-term goal to put humans on the moon.

Four graduates of astronomical research to the capital of Beihang University entered the stand of 160 square meters (1720 square feet) – “Yuegong-1” or “Lunar palace,” Xinhua news agency said Wednesday.

The volunteers live in the sealed laboratory to simulate an autonomous space mission in the long run without the intervention of the outside world, Xinhua said. Human waste is treated with a bio-fermentation process and experimental cultures and vegetables grown using food by-products and waste. Support is the most advanced closed loop life support technology in the world so far, “said the closed-circuit television network public.

China did not wait to land its first astronauts on the moon for at least a decade, but the project aims to help the country prepare for lunar explorers at a greater distance to the surface.

Two men and two women arrived at the lab Wednesday for an initial 60-day stay. They will then be relieved by another group of four, who will remain 200 days before returning for an additional 105.

The “Luna Palace” has two modules of vegetable cultivation and a cabin with 42 square meters with four cabins, a common room, a bathroom, a waste treatment room and room to raise animals.

“I will be responsible for the processing of solid waste, urine, straw crushing, driving, food processing and other jobs,” said one of the student volunteers, adding to other team members they would have tasks Related to culture, health monitoring and provide an inventory.

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A successful 105-day trial was conducted in 2014. The palace is the biological support third base biergérien lunar in the world and the first was developed in China.

This is the only way to engage animals and microorganisms, as well as plants and humans, manager of Hong Liu CCTV design, which he described as “the first of its kind.”

China gained a billion in the military space program and is working to catch up with the United States and Europe, hoping to have a equipped outpost by 2022.

Beijing sees the program as symbolizing China’s progress and marking its growing global size, but so far China has largely replicated the activities the United States and the Soviet Union had launched decades ago.

Last month, the first China Cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1 has managed to access a space laboratory in orbit.

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