Four students from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics entered two isolated bunkers this week in order to simulate life on another planet over an extended period of time. During the experiment, the students will try to attend to all of their needs without dependence on aid or any other items from the outside world.
Four students from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics entered into two completely isolated bunkers this week in an attempt to simulate life on other planets.
The Chinese government is already planning to send people to live on the moon within the next few decades and therefore, the university is researching whether or not astronauts can successfully survive in space over an extended period of time. The new experiment is aimed at creating a detached environment that provides all human necessities without any dependence on items from the outside world.
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“We’ve designed it so the oxygen (produced by plants at the station) is exactly enough to satisfy the humans, the animals, and the organisms that break down the waste materials,” said the project creator Professor Liu Hong. “We did this experiment with animals… so we want to see how much impact it will have on people.”
The four students will attend to their own needs and will lose their privacy, as cameras will be recording them throughout the entire experiment. However, PhD student Liu Hui, who participated in an initial 60-day experiment, explained that the most difficult part is the psychological aspect. “They can become a bit depressed,” Liu said. “If you spend a long time in this type of environment, it can create some psychological problems.