Ecosystem volunteers return to real world

By ZHAO LEI | China Daily | Updated: 2018-05-16 07:19
Volunteers Gao Han (R) and Liu Hui collect vegetables in 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]

One of the two groups of volunteers stayed in the lab for a record-breaking 200 days of the 370-day experiment.

They shared vegetables and fruit they planted in the lab with participants in a ceremony outside the facility. Researchers in the program, officials from China's space authorities and university heads attended the event.

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