Date:28 February 2017
The UAE is fast becoming one of the most futuristic places in the world and hopes its most ambitious project yet will make it to Mars by 2117.
At the World Government Summit in Dubai earlier this month the prime minister and ruler of dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the country’s goal of building a “mini-city and community on Mars”.
The UAE wants to set up a fully-functioning city with transport, energy and food systems here within the next 100 years. “The new project is a seed that we plant today, and we expect future generations to reap the benefits, driven by its passion to learn to unveil a new knowledge” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.
The UAE hopes to be one of the leading countries in the space science industry by the time they launch their Mars probe mission in 2021 which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.
The country has already invested $5.4 billion in it’s space agency, called Hope. The Mars probe mission plan to send Hope to the red planet in a scientific exploration mission with operations of the craft to start mid-2021.
The Mars by 2117 Project is a long-term goal which aims to contribute to the growth of space technology and to build a sustainable space sector. Preparations have been made for an Emirates scientists team and to develop an international scientific consortium to speed up the research project.
The project will also focus on developing faster means of transportation to and from Mars, along with integrating the scientific visualisation of the settlement itself, and how life will be sustained there in terms of food, energy supplies and transportation.
Below is an image of the possible first human city on Mars that could be built by robots.
According to Dubai’s government media website, the first phase of the K: Project will focus on preparing the human cadres able to achieve scientific breakthrough to facilitate the arrival of humans on Mars in the next decades.
The UAE has a reputation for taking on ambitious projects and so far they haven’t disappointed. Nonetheless it’s exciting to think that many decades from now your grandchildren’s children could be living comfortably on Mars.