Thursday, April 18, 2019

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

On April 17, 2019 China opened it's second Mars simulation base - C-Space Project, located in the Gobi Desert 40km from Jinchang, northwest Gansu Province. Its aim is to educate and provide an environment for youths and tourists to experience life on Mars. The facility consists of several interconnected modules including a domed greenhouse, living quarters, a control room and a mock decompression chamber. It is developed by a private company C-Space and will be heavily focused on tourism, with additional investment and development of the surrounding area hoping to attract two million visitors a year by 2030.

Apparently China has serious plans to inspire its population about human colonization of Mars, as only a month ago it opened its first Mars simulation base - Mars Camp, located in a high-altitude desert - the Qaidam Basin in Qinghai Province.

Here is a collection of photos from the base by Reuters, AFP, EPA & East News:

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

Rover racing at China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (overview)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (rover parked at base)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (surroundings)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (tourist guide putting her suit on)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (tourist guide)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (lander)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (mockup lander interior)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (sleeping capsules)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (meeting room & gym)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (passage)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (crops)

China's C-Space Mars simulation base in Gobi desert (high overview)

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