China has created a facility in the arid desert of the country in order to imitate the landscape from Mars. They want to open it for tourists, too. The space agency of the country, CNSA, wants to open it in order to research organizations that could complete challenging tasks that astronauts on Mars will do, too.
About 60 people can make the most out of the facility, that will be built from containers and will be designed to look like a Martian accommodation. However, we don’t know anything about the prices, yet.
The entire thing will cost about £17 million (that’s $22.3 million) and it will be found in Mang’ai in the arid Qaidam Basin – it’ one of the closest correspondence to the Martian surface from Earth.
The Chinese officials told the media (the one that’s run by state) that the development will make their dream come true: to send a probe to the planet in 2020.
All their attention is on Mars
The designer of China’s exploration program, whose name is Wu Weiren stated that the agency has all of its attention on Mars. Wu Weiren said that over the past 60 years, they had made a lot of progress, but there’s still more to find out about the world space powers. They must keep going, and faster. They want to launch the probe next year, which will orbit around the Red Planet, land on it, and then start to investigate it.
The country has successfully earned the first place in the world, when it put the rovers Chang’e-4 and Yutu-2 on the far side of the Moon, in early 2019. They want to return to the moon next year, too and bring samples on Earth. China would be the third nation – after Russia and US to do this thing.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.