China wants to send humans to Mars in the future, and now, it is giving teens the opportunity to experience what life would be like on the Red Planet with a new “martian” base. On Wednesday, “Mars Base 1” opened in the Gobi desert, and it aims to expose teens and eventually tourists to a mock Red Planet habitat, AFP reported. The base, which cost $7.47 million to build, was designed with help from the Astronauts Centre of China and the China Intercontinental Communication Centre. Photo Credit: WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images At the base, teens get to have a taste of Mars living conditions. It’s white-colored, with a silver dome and nine modules that include a control room, an airlock, a greenhouse, and living quarters. Teens get to wear spacesuit-like tracksuits and go on trips in the Gobi desert, where they can explore caves in the area’s “martian-like” terrain. The best part? There isn’t much around the vicinity, since the closest town, Jinchang, is about 25 miles away from the mock Mars hub. Photo Credit: WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images Next, C-Space, the company behind the base, plans to expand the location, which is currently an educational facility for teens, to space-obsessed tourists… Read full this story
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