A Mars base simulator was created and designed in the middle of China’s Gobi desert, not for astronauts preparing to land on the Red Planet, but for teenagers.
The facility is located in the northwest of Gansu Province and is surrounded by arid hills. The base named “Mars Base 1” opened to the public on Wednesday intending to show how living on the Red Planed could be like, to teens and soon tourists. The base simulator opening comes as China is advancing in its attempt to become a space power so it can draw level with the United States. China’s ambition is to send humans to the moon someday too.
The facility is colored in white, has nine modules and a silver dome, counting living accommodations, a control room, a greenhouse, and an airlock. The teenagers wear spacesuits and go on expeditions in the desert where they can discover and explore caves designed in the martian-like scenery.
Mars Base On Earth Is Available For Teens in China
Officials hope that the camp, which is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) away from the township of Jinchang, will boost tourism and grant visitors an unforgettable experience and allow them to feel like they are on the Red Planet. The site will be expanded by 25 square miles (67 square kilometers) as it has an investment plan of $374 million, and intends to attract 2 million visitors a year by 2030.
C-Space, the company which created the camp, plans to grant visitors in starting with next year, as it now serves only as an educational facility.
The company was aided in its quest to create a realistic scenery by Astronauts Center of China, and the China Intercontinental Communication Center, a state television production organization. The camp is not the only Mars-themed facility in China, as the country unveiled its first Mars “village” near Qinghai-Tibet plateau in March.
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