China's new 200-day simulation: preparing for Mars?

China begins new 200-day simulation of living on another planet.

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In its race towards competing with the US and Russia in becoming a space superpower, China has started its new 200-day simulation of living on another planet.

China's new 200-day simulation: preparing for Mars? |

Four students from Beijing University have started a new 200-day isolation experiment called Lunar Palace 365, where they will live on the resources that they would have if they were on the Moon, or Mars. The students will have to generate life-giving oxygen from plants, recycle their own urine into drinkable water, and being conservative with their supplies.

The biggest test of all, will be the psychological side of being isolated from the world. In this world of instant gratification from social media, what will people do with 200 days away from smartphones, their friends and family, and the world at large? The test will show how they will react to not having sunlight for 200 days, which will effect both their physical and mental health.

This isn't the first time a simulation like this has been done, but it is a huge step for China as they are on their path to becoming a competitor to the US and Russia. China wanting to visit the stars is only a good thing, as it will push the US and Russia at the same time. But 200 days away from my phone? I don't know if I could do that.


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