Chinese students enter bunker to simulate life on a space station

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Four students from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics are going to find out exactly how it feels to live in a space station -- behind the sealed steel doors of two bunkers in a Beijing suburb.

They are part of a project aimed at creating a self-sustaining ecosystem. The hope is that it can provide everything humans need to survive. They’ll be recycling everything from plant cuttings to urine. 

The students entered the Lunar Palace-1 on Sunday with the plan to live self-sufficiently for the next 200 days.  The university will be carefully charting the physical and mental impact of living in such a small space for so long.

 

If it means getting closer to their dream of becoming astronauts, they say they are happy to act as human guinea pigs.

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