Mars Base 1 Camp in Jinchang City of northwest China’s Gansu Province.
Credit: New China TV/Screengrab by Inside Outer Space

China has opened Mars Base 1 Camp in Jinchang City of northwest China’s Gansu Province, an expansive facility to popularize science and boost interest in space exploration.

Located in the Gobi desert of Jinchang some 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Jinchang’s urban area, the simulation camp will become an astronaut training facility in the future.

Credit: New China TV/Screengrab by Inside Outer Space

Survival, training facility

Covering 67 square kilometers, and costing $373 million, “Mars Base 1 is the most authentic Martian survival simulation facility in the country by far,” Li Tanqiu, deputy chief designer for China’s astronaut system department, said at the opening ceremony in a press statement.

Credit: New China TV/Screengrab by Inside Outer Space

“The base was developed and built with full technical support from the China Astronaut Research and Training Center,” Li added, “which means it has the scientific logic system of the aerospace team and the valuable experience accumulated by astronauts who have trained in the past.”

Go to this informative New China TV video that features an Xinhua News Agency reporter touring the Mars camp.

https://youtu.be/xp9X-Bwtlt8

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