Four university students from China are going to take part in an experiment where they will test how it is to live in a space station with a self-sustaining ecosystem. In Lunar Palace-1, they have to recycle everything and provide themselves with everything they need in order to survive, without taking it from the outside.
Training for a moon space station with a self-sufficient ecosystem
They are studying at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and entered the space station simulato
r on Sunday. For the next 200 days, they will try to obtain all the conditions for a self-sufficient living, and test how it is to live in space.
The students are not afraid to act as the object of tests, since this gets them closer to achieving their dream of becoming astronauts. Having such a life-changing experience will definitely help them pursue their dreams, and make it easier for them to enter this world.
Making sure all conditions are optimal for survival
Officials want to turn China into a great space power, and already have big plans for lunar exploration. In 2018, they want to launch the first probe to get to the dark side of the moon and, in 2036, the first manned mission should reach it. With the help of Lunar Palace 365, they will get ready for spending extended periods of time on the moon.
Researchers made measurements and calculations so that everything is perfectly organized for humans to survive. However, they only accounted for a human’s physical needs in order to survive. Spending such a long time in isolation can have a huge psychological impact the students.
This is why scientists designed special tasks and activities to keep them happy, and to offer them as stable a psychological condition as possible. Researchers also wanted to see how the students felt if they were deprived of sunlight for a longer period of time. Therefore, quite a tough experiment awaits them, but the results promise to be fulfilling.
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