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The ‘Mars Science City’ Project

  • October 3, 2017
  • 3-Minute Read

The United Arab Emirates announced this late September that they will be undertaking a new project called ‘Mars Science City’, while it has Mars in its name, it will not as of yet take place on Mars, but on the Emirati Desert in the vicinity of the city of Dubai. Claimed to be the most sophisticated building in the world when complete, it will enable scientists to simulate establishing a colony in the Red Planet's surface.

The project will cost around 135 million US Dollars and take up an area of 177 thousand m², consisting of several geodesic domes. The construction will be carried by a team of Emirati scientists, engineers and designers. It is not one of the biggest scientific projects of all time, but it is part of a larger project called Mars 2117, which the UAE plans to build a city in the surface of Mars by 2117, hence the name.

We don't know who will be the first to build a city in Mars, but many people say that we will build it this century. Billionaire Entrepreneur Elon Musk, for example, has forecast that we could build a city with a million inhabitants within 50 years.

The Emirati people despite living in a barren land with a harsh climate, found ways to survive and prosper there, and even build one of the largest and most advanced cities in the middle of the desert, Dubai. So if living in a barren planet can be done, certainly the Emirati scientists can play a huge role in achieving it.

Mars Science City Domes — © Dubai Government

Mars Science City Domes — © Dubai Government

Renowned architect Bjarke Ingels will be involved in the project, known for buildings that defy architectural conventions, like the Mountain Dwellings in Denmark.

Mars Science City Domes, Different Perspective — © Dubai Government

Mars Science City Domes, Different Perspective — © Dubai Government

The city will have laboratories that will simulate Mars' harsh environment using 3D printing technology and insulation from heat and radiation. A team of scientists will live in the city for a whole year, hopefully gaining insights on how to live in martian soil.

3D Printed Buildings Within Mars Science City — © Dubai Government

3D Printed Buildings Within Mars Science City — © Dubai Government

The city will also have a museum that will display humanity's greatest space achievements with educational areas for the youth to learn about space. The museum will be 3D printed using sand from the Emirati Desert.

Plant Experiments Within The Mars Science City — © Dubai Government

Plant Experiments Within The Mars Science City — © Dubai Government

The goal of the UAE with the project can be described in the following quote from the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum:

“The UAE seeks to establish international efforts to develop technologies that benefit humankind, and that establish the foundation of a better future for more generations to come. We also want to consolidate the passion for leadership in science in the UAE, contributing to improving life on earth and to developing innovative solutions to many of our global challenges.” — Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

We are alive in a very important moment in history, not only threats like global warming looms in the horizon, but we also seek to expand our horizons and transcend those threats. Humanity has come a long way, from cave dwellers to prospective martian real estate developers. It is no easy feat to do what we need to accomplish. We can only do it together.