China expands its lunar exploration through simulated space cabins
When it comes to moon exploration, China has had a considerable history of its prolonged study on its surface. China has already sent a spacecraft with explorers to the moon for research; it has planned one more experiment to deepen its research to check the existence of humans and biodiversity in the moon-like environment.
China has planned to make eight volunteers to live in a simulated cabin, prepared by the country itself in Beijing for duration of almost a year. Their stay will help the scientists know the possibility of humans, plants co-existence on the moon and also facilitate them to understand what lacks and what is required for a similar existence like earth on the lunar surface.
This cabin named “Yuegong-1”, will administer a total of eight volunteers into it in turns. Out of the five, 2 men and 2 women have already been sent into the cabin on Wednesday, while the rest four which also consists of 2 men and 2 women will go at a later stage. These volunteers are students of Beihang university. The first four will continue their stay for 60 days after which the rest will replace them for next 200 days. Post that, again the first group will stay for another 105 days.
This is not the first time the Beihang University is carrying out such a research. This is their second attempt for the project that is named the Bio regenerative Life Support System (BLSS). The research is known as Yuegong-365. Talking about the BLSS, the university scientists explain that in this system, animals, plants and microorganisms are made to live in a moon like environment where the essentials like food and water are regenerated.
The university conducted a similar research in 2014 where the volunteers were made to stay in the moon like environment for a period of 105 days only.