UAE Unveils Plans For Massive City Simulating Human Settlement On Mars

UAE Unveils Plans For Massive City Simulating Human Settlement On Mars

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced plans to build a 176 516 square meters city that will simulate conditions for humans living on Mars. Mars Scientific City comprises the Emirate’s first step towards their ultimate goal of building a city on the red planet itself by 2117.

The UAE Government unveiled plans for the Mars Scientific City at the first annual review of their plans for the future, according to The National. The project will cost around US$ 136.1 million. Inside the city, research laboratories will be set aside to investigate how future Mars colonists will produce everything from food and water to energy.

In addition to research on Earth, the Emirates Mars Mission is working towards launching the Hope spacecraft in 2020. The spacecraft is set to arrive and begin orbiting Mars in 2021, in time for the UAE’s 50th anniversary. According to The National, the probe would be the first sent to Mars by a Muslim country.

Earlier this year, the UAE unveiled their Mars 2117 plan and their goal of building the red planet’s first city within 100 years. They plan to conduct research for the Martian city with the help of an international scientific consortium. According to The National, the Mars Scientific City, as a specialist research city, could offer a first step towards Mars 2117 as scientists delve into how humans might survive in Mars’ harsh environment.