Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Sand whipped up by wind shrouds the C-Space Project Mars simulation base as a staff member wearing a mock space suit poses in the Gobi Desert outside Jinchang, Gansu Province, China, April 18, 2019. About 100 excited Chinese teenagers completed a five-hour tour of a space colony against a desolate backdrop not unlike the desert planet of Tatooine, the home world of Luke Skywalker. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A staff member demonstrates how she puts on the helmet of a mock space suit at the C-Space Project Mars simulation base in the Gobi Desert outside Jinchang, Gansu Province, China, April 17, 2019. Mars Base 1 Camp, covering an area about one-fifth of an American football field, is the brainchild of a media company and officials in Gansu, a poor province in northwest China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A staff member wearing a mock space suit steps out of the C-Space Project Mars simulation base in the Gobi Desert outside Jinchang, Gansu Province, China, April 18, 2019. A plan to invest 2.5 billion yuan ($374 million) will expand the site to 67 sq km (26 square miles) and attract 2 million visitors a year by 2030. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A staff member wearing a mock space suit poses in the Gobi Desert near the C-Space Project Mars simulation base outside Jinchang, Gansu Province, China, April 18, 2019. China is developing powerful rockets to help realise a more ambitious dream of sending a probe to Mars in 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A mock space capsule of the C-Space Project Mars simulation base is seen at dusk in the Gobi Desert outside Jinchang, Gansu Province, China, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The C-Space Project Mars simulation base is seen at dusk in the Gobi Desert outside Jinchang, Gansu Province, China, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter