Longest Stay in Simulated Moon Lab
May 15, Beijing: Volunteer Liu Hui prepares to leave the Yuegong-1, or Lunar Palace 1, a simulated space lab, at Beihang University.
Chinese volunteers have completed a one-year test living in the simulated space lab in Beijing, setting a new record for the longest stay in a self-contained cabin. The total length of the test, which started on May 10 last year, reached 370 days, with the third stage accounting for 110 days.
Liu Hong, chief designer of the Yuegong-1, said that the test marks the longest stay in a bio-regenerative ive life support system (BLSS), in which humans, animals, s, plants and microorganisms coexist in a closed environ- nment, simulating a lunar base.
The previous record was set in the former Soviet t Union, where three people stayed for 180 days in a simi- milar closed ecosystem in the early 1970s.