The Gobi desert in Gansu province, China, is where the Mars Base 1 educational space base was installed. The construction of this base required an investment of 2.5 billion yuan, equivalent to USD 373 million.
The installation is considered the most advanced in the world and aims to serve for the training of astronauts, in addition to allowing the simulation of possible spacetrips to Mars.
The selection of the place was not casual, because this desert in China has a relief similar to the geography of the so-called “red planet” and favorable temperature variations. That is, it offers “little rocky soils without any vegetation, a situation that creates an ideal place to perform this type of training.”
The construction of this base of 67 square kilometers positions China at the forefront in the investigation of Mars as well as the training of professionals in space travel before 2030.
It is important to note that Mars Base 1 is open to the public and has already received more than 100 local visitors who have expressed a favorable opinion towards this innovation. “The base is a great inspiration and guide to help us understand much more about the secret of the universe,” said one of the visitors.