Showing posts with label Mars simulation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mars simulation. Show all posts

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

Monday, March 11, 2019

China's Mars Camp in Qaidam Basin, Qinghai Province

On March 1, 2019 China opened its first Mars analog research station - Mars Camp, located in a cold high-altitude desert - the Qaidam Basin in Qinghai Province. It's already the most ambitious Mars simulation station built, costing about $22 million. Covering an area of 53,330 square meters, the base can accommodate 60 people in its capsules and hundreds in the base's tents.

"The red rock area in the Qaidam Basin in Qinghai has been called the most "Martian" place on Earth, with its natural features, landscape and climate all similar to those on the red planet, said Gao Junling, the project founder. The temperatures here vary greatly between day and night, similar to those on Mars, according to Gao. He said that participants could immerse themselves in the environment and try to solve problems they might face on Mars, such as planting potatoes on Mars for food supply and solar power generation."

As information in Western media about this base is quite scarce and photos even scarcer we collected all the best photos here. Most of them are from this blog post (in Chinese).

China Mars Camp in Qaidam Basin, Qinghai Province

China Mars Camp in Qaidam Basin, Qinghai Province

Friday, March 8, 2019

D-Mars mission habitat in southern Israel

Astronauts returning to D-Mars mission habitat in southern Israel; photo by Niamh Shaw. D-Mars (Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station) is Israel's 1st Mars analog research station similar to Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, US where astronauts, scientists and space enthusiasts can train for future human missions to Mars.

The station is located in a desolate area in Israel’s Negev Desert near the 200 million-year-old, 25-mile-wide Ramon Crater. Although not an impact crater, but a rare form of erosion structures, it has a resemblance to a variety of terrain types relevant to Mars exploration. The surrounding area hosts many similarities to the Martian environment in its geology, aridity and isolation.

Astronauts returning to D-Mars mission habitat in southern Israel

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Gremi Park in Poland that looks like human base on Mars

Gremi Park in southern Poland, located between Krakow and Katowice, is a development venue for AR and VR technologies (augmented reality and virtual reality). The futuristic complex which was originally built as a headquarters for Radio Mazyka Fakty station and later became a film studio looks a lot like human base on Mars with connected domes. Especially during the construction phase and colored appropriately :)

Gremi Park in Poland that looks like human base on Mars

Gremi Park in Poland that looks like human base on Mars

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Concept art by Brian Cho for "Mars World" at Las Vegas

By 2021 at Las Vegas (hopefully) will be opened a large tourist attraction complex called "Mars World" worth of 2 billion $. The authors of the ambitious project has stated that the attraction will include "worlds largest dome" and "visitors will be treated to the music, costumes and culture of a Mars colony. They will take simulated "Marswalks" in one-fourth Earth gravity, ride a tram around the crater in which the city is built and even sleep overnight in rough habitats if they wish."

Here are some of the concept art pieces for the "Mars World" by Brian Cho:

Las Vegas Mars World by Brian Cho

Las Vegas Mars World by Brian Cho

Monday, August 31, 2015

Interspace Mars colony

Picture of the Day 31/8/15 - A drawing of a Mars colony from the website of "Interspace" - a Mars-themed attraction park in Titusville, Florida (near Kennedy Space Center) which will hopefully open in 2016 and house "the largest indoor Mars simulation in the world". It's one of the entertainment & education projects of 4Frontiers Corporation, a space commerce company focused on the settlement of Mars.

Interspace Mars colony