A group of Chinese volunteers completed the study in which they spent 110 days isolated in a “lunar lab”, known as China’s “Lunar Palace” which mimics the conditions of a lunar habitat to study how humans will manage to live on the Moon in the idea of a future Moon colonization.
The Xinhua press site has provided images on its site on the moment when astronauts came out of their temporary home that simulates the conditions that future astronauts who travel to the Moon will have to deal with.
In the video, young people can be seen while walking out of the room with fruit and vegetable baskets in their arms. All the fruits an vegetables were physically raised inside the module, in specially designed greenhouses that might be used by humans in a future Moon colonization.
China’s “Lunar Palace” was created to mimic the conditions of a lunar habitat and help to a future Moon colonization
This was the group’s second meeting at the “Lunar Palace” on the campus of Beihang University. Volunteers lived inside the sealed lab to simulate long-term missions in space without any connection to the surrounding world.
Within the module, human waste was transformed into fertilizer for the experimental growth of crops. The “Lunar Palace” contains two plant cultivation modules and an area of 42 square meters, where there are four rest areas, a common room, a fertilization area, and an animal breeding room.
China does not plan to carry its first astronauts on the Moon for the next 10 years but these simulations will help them adapt to isolation conditions. On the other hand, the study was also meant to bring a helping hand for future Moon missions that will, most probably, happen before China decides to launch its own lunar mission.
In the meantime, the outcomes of the study were positive and Chinese scientists are optimistic that the “Lunar Palace” is just the beginning of similar modules that will help to a future Moon colonization.