Dubai Is Building A New City That Mimics Life On Mars

The Emirati government Tuesday announced its plan to build a scientific city exemplifying life on planet Mars

The Emirati government Tuesday announced its plan to build a scientific city exemplifying life on planet Mars

Now, it's worth noting that the city itself will not be able to simulate precisely what humans can expect once they actually live on Mars.

Back in July, the United Arab Emirates Space Agency unveiled plans to send a probe to orbit Mars by 2021, which would make it the first Muslim nation to send a probe to Mars.

The futuristic city is coming up as part of the Mars 2117 project of the UAE government.

Mars Science City will include a museum focusing on human achievements in space.

"The UAE seeks to establish global efforts to develop technologies that benefit humankind, and that establish the foundation of a better future for more generations to come", said Dubai's prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.

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That's the idea behind the United Arab Emirates' Mars Science City, which will mimic the conditions of Mars in the middle of the desert near Dubai.

Formed by interconnected domes, Mars Science City will have several labs for food, energy and water, and agricultural testing. The project may also help address the challenges humanity faces such as water, food, and energy security. Its walls will be built from 3D-printed Emirati desert sand, showcasing a construction method that could be as useful on Mars as it is impressive here on earth.

The long-term goal is to build a self-sustaining colony of 600,000 on Mars within the next 100 years. The report says that team building the structure is tasked with using advanced 3D printing techniques, and heat and radiation insulation to mimic the harsh environment of our neighbor, www.engadget.com reports.

The Martian Scientific City will be built entirely the same way as such a base would be built on Mars. The $136 million (Dh500 million) facility will cover almost 177,000 square meters (1.9 million square feet) of the desert. A team of Emirati scientists, engineers and designers, led by a team from the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre and Dubai Municipality, will carry out the project, in cooperation with internationally renowned architects. "The new project is another step in the UAE's leading contributions to the global science movement; we seek to set an example and motivation for others to participate and contribute, to humanity's march into space".

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