UAE will build the first city on Mars within 100 years

February 15, 2017

undefinedThe Mars 2117 Project was announced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

As part of the 100-year national programme, the UAE will set a plan to prepare national cadres that can achieve scientific breakthroughs to facilitate the transport of people to the Red Planet over the next few decades. It will involve scientific research programmes to train national cadres specialised in space sciences at universities in the UAE, also aiming to encourage an interest for space in younger generations.

A virtual presentation depicting a preliminary concept for the city on Mars was made during the announcement.

“The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality,” said Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, adding: "The new project is a seed that we are planting today and we expect the next generations to reap its fruits."

He also said that the UAE is ranked among 9 most important countries in the world that invest in space science and our goal is to accelerate human researches in this field.

The project, launched at the World Government Summit, will focus on parallel research into exploring means of mobility, housing, energy and food as well as speeding up the travel duration to the planet. The initiative will first be implemented by an Emirati scientific team.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed said that the short-term goal is to develop the capacities and skills of Emiratis. “The 2117 Mars initiative is a long-term project, which will first help develop our education, universities and research centres that will empower young Emiratis to enter all disciplines of scientific research fields. The findings of the project will be available to all international research institutes,” he said, adding that the research outcomes will contribute to aspects of transportation, energy and food as part of the Mars project to achieve scientific breakthroughs that contribute to developing human life on Earth.

“The UAE has become part of dynamic human scientific efforts to explore space and making scientific contributions to human knowledge,” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed said. “With the launch of this project, we begin a new journey that will last for decades to come, and it will speed up human endeavours to explore other planets.”

Earlier, an Emirati team of engineers, along with a group of scientists and researchers set a concept for the first human city on mars that will be built by robots. The plan showcased during the summit highlighted the expected lifestyle on Mars in terms of transport, power production and providing food, as well as infrastructure works and materials used for the construction of the city.

The Mars 2117 Project will start with an Emirati scientific team and will be extended to include international scientists and researchers.

In November, Sheikh Mohammed approved the final designs of the probe and gave the green light to start manufacturing the probe’s prototypes. The approval came as Sheikh Mohammed inaugurated a new satellite manufacturing facility at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai. In 2015, the UAE announced its Mars Probe mission, which will send the Arab world’s first spacecraft to the Red Planet in a scientific exploration mission that will land on the planet in 2021.

The Mars 2117 Project will start with an Emirati scientific team and will be extended to include international scientists and researchers.

The Hope probe is scheduled to leave Earth in 2020 and aims to produce entirely new types of data that will enable scientists to build the first truly holistic models of the Martian atmosphere. The probe will be the first to study changes in the Martian atmosphere throughout its daily and seasonal cycles.

Hope will be a compact spacecraft the size and weight of a small car. It will blast off in a launcher rocket, then detach and accelerate into deep space. It will reach a speed of 126,000 km per hour for the 600 million km journey around the sun to Mars, which will take around 200 days.

The probe will orbit the Red Planet until at least 2023, with an option to extend the mission until 2025. It will send back more than 1000 GB of data to be analysed by teams of researchers in the UAE, and shared freely with more than 200 institutions worldwide for the benefit of thousands of space specialists.

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