A look at life in outer space

Student volunteers looking out of the window of a simulated space cabin that they will call home for the next 200 days. The 160 sq m Lunar Palace is part of a project at Beijing's Beihang University that aims to simulate a long-term, self-contained s
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Student volunteers looking out of the window of a simulated space cabin that they will call home for the next 200 days. The 160 sq m Lunar Palace is part of a project at Beijing's Beihang University that aims to simulate a long-term, self-contained space mission with no input from the outside world, said the official Xinhua news agency. Human waste is treated with a biofermentation process, and experimental crops and vegetables are grown with the help of food and waste by-products. These students replace another group of students who spent 60 days in the cabin.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2017, with the headline 'A look at life in outer space'. Print Edition | Subscribe