While the world is facing a growing lack of inhabitable ground on earth, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced plans of aiming to establish the first city on Mars by 2117. The country has intentions to build the first city on Mars in collaboration with scientific institutions and specialized international organizations. The project is tipped to be completed in next 100 years.
The Vice President of UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has made the announcement of the Mars 2117 Project. While making the affirmation at the World Government Summit, he stated:
“The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Therefore, our aim is that UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality”
Furthermore, he also tweeted about the project where he said that they were
“Led by a passion for science and advancing human technology”.
As far as the vision behind the initiative is concerned, Sheikh added it is to
“Create a mini-city and community on Mars”
The initiative of building the first city on Mars is associated with research themes featuring the exploration of transportation means, energy and food on mars. Furthermore, the project will also try to develop faster transportation methods for travelling to and from Mars.
Stance of Dubai Government
While commenting on the project, the Government of Dubai said:
“The first phase of the project will focus on preparing the human cadres. We’d be able to achieve scientific breakthrough to facilitate the arrival of human to the Red Planet in the next decades. The ‘Mars 2117 Project’ also aims to prepare a team of Emirati scientists. Additionally, we also look to develop an international scientific consortium to speed up the research project”
It is noteworthy to mention that UAE announced its Mars Probe mission in July 2014. According to the project, they will send the Arab world’s first spacecraft to the Red Planet in a scientific examination mission. Additionally, it was revealed that the batch will land on Mars in 2021.
Moreover, the chief of SpaceX Elon Musk also disclosed his aspiring plans last year to launch a city on Mars. The idea was to send humans on gigantic spaceship along with cabins. The cost to send one individual has been estimated to be a whopping $100,000. According to the South Africa-born entrepreneur, the aim is to make humans a “multi-planetary species” by building a “self-sustaining city” on the Red Planet by means of reusable rockets.
Source: Gulf News