China's Yuegong-1 Simulates Plant Cultivation on the Moon

May 21, 2014 9:49 AM

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In the race to make humans self-sufficient in space, China has pulled ahead of Nasa with the development of Yuegong-1 (Moon Palace-1), a lab simulating the cultivation of plants and micro-organisms on the moon.

Three Chinese volunteers spent 105 days living in a module measuring 500 cubic metres (36 square metres), feeding themselves by growing five types of grains, 15 types of vegetables including soybean, peanuts, peppers, carrots, tomatoes and coriander, one type of fruit and yellow mealworm for protein...

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