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At China’s Beihang University, two groups of volunteers have broken a world record by working rotations in China’s Lunar Base experiment cabin, Yuegong-1.

They stayed in a 150-square meter bio-regenerative life support system for a combined 370 days.

Notes Yi Zhihao, a participant, to work in an isolated lab for more than six months, he sometimes gets emotional.

“It’s incredible, I really did not expect to be able to make it for 200 days,” said Yi.

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Simulated space lab

Yuegong-1 is a simulated space lab, designed to observe how animals, plants and micro-organisms can co-exist in a lunar environment.

The volunteers planted crops and managed waste according to a recycling system. Only two percent of the supplies came from outside.

For Yi and his team, everything takes place here in this 150-square meter lab, from making moon cakes to hosting a birthday party.

Yi said more has to be done, as the space lab program should anticipate many more of the conditions that outer space has to offer.

China’s Lunar Palace 1 – an experimental biosphere here on Earth.
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Self-contained cabin project

Yi specializes in agriculture. His education background qualifies him for this interdisciplinary project.

According to the story posted by Global Television Network (CGTN) on May 2, China plans to send astronauts to the Moon by 2036.

“This project gives us a better understanding of what it’s like to live and conduct explorations on the Moon over a longer period of time. We’ll also need this kind of system if we go to Mars,” said Wang Jun, academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

According to the CGTN report, so far, 30 student researchers are committed to the self-contained cabin project, as more and more young people are interested in the nation’s space industry.

“Young people dream big, and they are ambitious. They are not afraid of making mistakes. I have confidence in China’s space exploration career,” said Li Hong, chief designer of Yuegong-1.

Yi said more has to be done, as the space lab program should anticipate many more of the conditions that outer space has to offer.

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