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China to put students in a space bunker for 200 days to experience space travel
Here's some real news for all those of you who are feeling bored after staying indoors on a rainy day and thinking that the day has been long enough.

China has just launched a program in which people will be locked up in a closed bunker that offers an experience of space travel. And four people have actually signed up for it.

The experiment has been named as Lunar Palace 365 and the four people who have signed up for it are students from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. They entered the Lunar Palace-1 on Sunday with an aim to spend 200 days there.

The bunker has all conditions designed as they would actually be on a space station including life-giving oxygen from plants and obtaining drinking water from recycling urine.

But the experience might also have physiological and physical impacts on the students. Add to this, the students will not just be living there but will also be performing tasks on a day-to-day basis as well. Another reason that these students have been given these tasks is to keep up their levels of motivation and avoid depression.

China has been significantly improving its space technology and plans to send a probe to the dark side of the Moon early next year. It also plans to send astronauts to the Moon by 2036. China recently launched its first X-ray space telescope that can be used to study black holes.

Reuters quoted Lio Hong, the principal architect of the project and a Professor at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics as saying that everything that humans need for survival has been carefully considered.

"We've designed it so the oxygen (produced by plants at the station) is exactly enough to satisfy the humans, the animals, and the organisms that break down the waste materials," Hong said. She also said that they had earlier conducted the experiment with animals.

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