03 March 2019
China has opened its first Mars simulation base to the public to encourage young people to get involved in space exploration. The Mars simulation base, which opened on 1 March, is located in Mangai city, in Northwest China's Qinghai Province. The red rock area in the Qaidam Basin in Qinghai has been called the most "Martian" place on Earth, with its natural features, landscape and climate all similar to those on the red planet, said Gao Junling, the project founder. The region has the country's largest Yardang landform. The temperatures here vary greatly between day and night, similar to those on Mars, according to Gao.
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