Chinese break record, live 370 days in self-contained moon lab

Chinese break record, live 370 days in self-contained moon lab

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Volunteers work at the lab of 'Lunar Palace 365' project in Beijing, China, May 10, 2017. China Daily via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.

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. Four students, two males and two females, stepped out of the Yuegong-1, or Lunar Palace 1, at Beihang University to the applause of academicians. The volunteers planted 35 kinds of plants including wheat, tomato and strawberry and managed their waste according to a recycling system. Liu Hong, chief designer of Yuegong-1, said the test marks the longest stay in a bioregenerative life support system, in which humans, animals, plants and microorganisms co-exist in a closed environment, simulating a lunar base.