The Red Bulletin September 2019 (UK)

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MARS BASE ONE

Celestial

Simulation

The Martian base that allows

you to live like an astronaut without

saying goodbye to planet Earth

Mars Base One sits in a dusty

arid landscape of endless red

rock, with no sign of life in the

parched fog that engulfs it. But

not everything is as it seems.

This is not the surface of the

Red Planet, but the Gobi Desert

– just 40km from the city of

Jinchang in China’s northwest

Gansu province.

The base aims to simulate

the experience of life on Mars.

Comprising nine capsules –

including a control room, biomodule

(a greenhouse/lab),

airlock room, medical facilities,

recycling unit, living quarters, and

a fitness and entertainment room

– it was created by education

initiative C-Space with the help

of the Astronaut Center of China

and the China Intercontinental

Communication Center.

“Mars Base One allows visitors

to understand what it’s like to

live in closed quarters where

every aspect of daily life must

be controlled with very limited

resources,” says C-Space.

“Water needs to be salvaged and

recycled down to the last drop.

Food sustenance must contain

high protein to keep the base’s

occupants fed and in shape.

And taking a walk outside means

putting on a space suit and going

through the pressurising cabin.”

Open to the public, this

1,115m 2 educational facility may

only be playing make-believe,

but the hope is that it will inspire

the next generation of space

explorers, and help China catch

up with the United States and

Russia in the interplanetary

exploration game.

JONATHAN BROWNING LOU BOYD

C-Space – the C stands for Community, Culture and Creativity – created the base for Chinese teenagers

at the cost of almost £6 million. It will teach them about space exploration and living on Mars

Wheat grows in the base’s bio-module,

a greenhouse/laboratory dedicated

to research into the growth of plants

and animals in the Martian climate

22 THE RED BULLETIN

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