CHI­NESE STU­DENTS ARE DIS­COV­ER­ING WHAT IT’S LIKE

TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT -

China wants to send as­tro­nauts to the Moon by 2036, but be­fore the coun­try em­barks on the real mis­sion, a self-sus­tain­ing “space station” has been set up in a Bei­jing sub­urb with four stu­dents vol­un­teer­ing to live in it for 200 days. Ev­ery­thing re­quired for hu­man sur­vival in space has been cal­cu­lated for the study and the stu­dents will need to re­cy­cle ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing urine, given they’re sealed in for the du­ra­tion. The ex­per­i­ment aims to study what life would be like if Earth­lings had to live in a sim­i­lar setup on an­other planet (or moon). The men­tal state of the space station’s oc­cu­pants will be care­fully mon­i­tored, along with the ef­fects of long-term life with­out sun­light.

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