China starts 200-day simulation of living on another planet

From Engadget - July 9, 2017

As with other tests, the bigger challenges may be psychological. The students will have daily tasks to keep them motivated, but they will still be living in a tiny space, cut off from friends and family, for the better part of a year. How will they cope with a The test will also show how they react to going without sunlight for a significant stretch of time, which could affect their physical and mental health.

This is not the longest such test, but it could be important for China. The country is determined to catch up to the space programs of the US and Russia, and that means being ready for extended stays on distant worlds. What China learns now could pay dividends if it's ready to explore the Solar System right as its biggest rivals embark on their own manned explorations of the Solar System.


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