The Chinese metropolis of Mang’ai is likely one of the most Mars-like locations on Earth, that includes an analogous local weather and panorama to the Red Planet. That made it the proper setting for a newly opened Mars simulation base that China hopes will draw vacationers — and perhaps even assist humanity reach the real Mars.
China started building on the bottom in June. In response to a July report by the South China Morning Post, the plan for the base features a “Mars neighborhood” and a “Mars camp” designed to coach and entertain the general public, whereas additionally offering a spot for scientific analysis and simulation coaching.
Roughly $22.three million later, the 53,330-sq.-meter base is now full, welcoming its first public attendees on Friday. The World Instances claims that the venture’s founder, Gao Junling, instructed the newspaper that guests to the bottom could have an opportunity to “immerse themselves within the setting and attempt to remedy issues they could face on Mars, resembling planting potatoes on Mars for meals provide and solar energy technology.”
As Mars-like because the setting of China’s Mars simulation base may be, it’s nonetheless much more hospitable to people than Mars — anybody visiting the Purple Planet might want to cope with its low air strain, stronger radiation, and common sandstorms, Peking College house science professor Jiao Weixin told The Global Times.
Nonetheless, if the bottom can present researchers with an approximation of Mars for his or her experiments, whereas additionally getting the general public — and younger individuals, specifically — enthusiastic about house exploration, it may have a constructive position to play in shaping humanity’s area-faring future.