Chinese students spend 200 days per shift in the lunar base simulator

In the official space program of China there are no plans to establish settlements on the moon in the coming decades, but the development of this concept is proceeding by leaps and bounds. Built in Beijing, "Yuegon-1", aka "Moon Palace", has already received the third shift of volunteer testers. This is a laboratory that simulates the existence of a collective of selenauts in isolation - the first colonists on the Selene-Moon.

The Lunar Palace project was launched in 2014, the first shift of experimental volunteers spent 105 days in the isolated complex. They focused on survival issues, cultivated edible greens, and prepared the conditions for raising animals as a source of protein. But, most importantly, they perfected the technology of using biofermentation for processing waste, which simply has nowhere to be thrown away.

When the issues of life support were worked out, it was time for psychological experiments. The management of the program did not spare the students, they were given several full-fledged blackouts to simulate serious disasters in the lunar settlement. In the first shift there were 2 guys and 2 girls, who were replaced 60 days later by another team - to live 200 days in the conditions left by the first. Then another change is planned, and another, and another, without the opportunity to take and start everything from scratch. The experimental conditions in this case are fully consistent with reality.

Last year, Buzz Aldrin, an astronaut who visited the Moon, said in an interview: Mars is the goal and the Moon is reality. And in order to fly far beyond the Earth, people will have to master its satellite and learn to live on it in order to serve the ships that will rush into the distance. So the Chinese experiments are not at all divorced from reality and have remarkable practical and theoretical benefits.