Ecosystem volunteers return to real world

By ZHAO LEI | China Daily | Updated: 2018-05-16 07:19
Volunteer Liu Hui prepares to leave the Yuegong-1, or Lunar Palace 1, at Beihang University in Beijing, capital of China, May 15, 2018. Chinese volunteers have completed a one-year test living in a simulated space lab in Beijing, setting a new record for the longest stay in a self-contained cabin. The total length of the test, which started on May 10th last year, reached 370 days, with the third stage accounting for 110 days. Liu Hong, chief designer of Yuegong-1, said the test marks the longest stay in a bioregenerative life support system (BLSS), in which humans, animals, plants and microorganisms co-exist in a closed environment, simulating a lunar base. [Photo/Xinhua]

Professor Liu Hong, director of the Research Center of Space Life Science and Life Support Technology at Beihang, who heads the project, called bioregenerative life-support technology highly sophisticated and essential for long-term stays on extraterrestrial bodies. She said the experiment was successful in verifying the lab's overall design and reliability, determining such experiments' impact on humans' physical and psychological condition and exploring ways to support extended stays in enclosed ecosystems.

Liu Hui, one of the students who volunteered, said they all got along well and were kept busy with their various tasks and technical assignments.

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