In preparation for its future orbital space base and planned base on the moon, China has now initiated what is dubbed as “The Lunar Palace 365 Project”, to simulate how it may be to live on a space base located on the moon or on any other celestial body.

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During the year-long experiment, the eight volunteers postgraduate students from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA) will be living and work inside the fully closed laboratory where they can simulate a long-duration, self-contained mission with no outside inputs.

The Chinese large modular space station is a planned space station to be placed in Low Earth orbit. It is expected to have a mass between 60 and 70 metric tons with a planned launch date of the core module – the Tianhe-1 (“Harmony of the Heavens”) – around 2019. Then China plans to land people on the moon by 2036 and earlier this year it became known that China and the European Union discussed collaborating on building a human outpost on the moon.