China’s plans for space exploration appear to be grand with it having unveiled a new simulated Mars camp in the remote and arid desert outside the Qinghai province. The camp is open to tourists, researchers, and the media. It’s not billed as a government training facility….
The camp area can accommodate up to 160 people to give them a fully immersive experience of life on Mars. The camp was built to mimic the style of camps that might be placed on Mars in the future. Camp construction began last June, and cost 150 million yuan, or about $22.36 million. China has been clear that this is a tourist.