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From Satellites to the Moon and Mars, China Is Quickly Becoming a Space Superpower

Posted On: Jul 17, 2019   |   Posted By: Time

Nestled among the crimson dunes of China's Gobi Desert, a warren of domes and squat white buildings rises from the parched earth. Inside is a research and educational facility for budding astronauts - and the latest manifestation of Beijing's bid to position itself as a leading space power.
“Mars Base 1,” built by private Chinese company C-Space, is like a space station on Earth, boasting an airlock, greenhouse, gymnasium, living quarters and control room. Solar-powered buggies and lunar probes scour the red dust landscape of northeastern Gansu province, whose barren expanses bear an eerie resemblance to the Red Planet, which China is planning to visit next year.
Visitors experience what life is like on a real space mission, from rearing crops under an ultraviolet glow in soilless science labs to clambering around in bulky space suits. Barley worms are even grown for protein in lieu of rearing animals. “I'm very excited to see this place,” says student Zhang Huan, 12, who's touring the facility. “If China...

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