10 May 2017
Eight Chinese volunteers, split into two groups, will live in "Yuegong-1", (Lunar Palace 1) a simulated space "cabin" in Beijing for the next year, strengthening China's knowledge and technical know-how, and helping the country's scientists understand exactly what will be required for humans to remain on the moon in the medium and long terms.
The Lunar Palace 1 is a facility for conducting bio-regenerative life-support systems experiments, key to setting up a lunar base, in Beijing University for Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA) in Beijing, capital of China, 10 May 2017. A ceremony was held in the BUAA on 10 May as 8 volunteers start a 365-day experiment in two groups in the Lunar Palace 1. A similar 105-day trial was carried out successfully in 2014.