Author: China National News
Posted: Friday 12th May, 2017
In a bid to proceed with its long-term plans of putting humans on the moon, China has revealed that its cabin, called the Lunar Palace is ready to be experimented.
Four Chinese postgraduate students from the capital’s astronautics research university Beihang have entered the laboratory that simulates a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days.
The 160-square-metre (1,720-square-foot) cabin – dubbed the «Yuegong-1» which the state broadcaster CCTV said represents the «world’s most advanced closed-loop life-support technology so far.”
In a report, Xinhua noted that the volunteers will live in the sealed lab to simulate a long-term, self-contained space mission with no input from the outside world.
Further, human waste will be treated with a bio-fermentation process, and experimental crops and vegetables grown with the help of food and waste byproducts.
China does not expect to land its first astronauts on the moon for at least another decade, however the project is seeking to help the country prepare lunar explorers for longer stays on the surface.
On Wednesday, two men and two women entered the lab for an initial stay of 60 days.
They will later be relieved by another group of four, who will stay 200 days, before returning for an additional 105.
Explaining the working, the report noted that the Lunar Palace has two plant cultivation modules and a living cabin: 42 square metres containing four bed cubicles, a common room, a bathroom, a waste-treatment room and a room for raising animals.
In 2014, the country conducted a successful 105-day trial.
The Lunar Palace is also the world’s third bioregenerative life-support base, and the first developed in China.
Its chief designer Liu Hong told CCTV it is the only such facility to involve animals and microorganisms as well as plants and humans.