The world’s largest space simulation city

02 October 2017

The Mars Science City project | Credit: Dubai Media Office

The United Arab Emirates’ government have announced their plans to build a $136 million simulated Mars colony in the Emirati desert.

The project will prove the biggest space simulation city in history: the facility will cover almost 177,000 square metres, and alongside its agricultural and food security testing, it will include laboratories for food, energy and water.

The Mars Science City project falls within the UAE’s objectives to lead the global scientific race to take people to Mars, and is part of the Mars 2117 Strategy, launched during the fifth World Government Summit – which seeks to build the first settlement on Mars in the next 100 years.

Through advanced 3D printing technology and radiation insulation, the laboratories will imitate Mars’s harsh conditions – in which a team of participants will live for a year.

Said Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum: “The UAE is a great country with vision and understanding of the challenges we face and the rapid changes our world is experiencing.

“We believe in the potential of space exploration and in collaborating with global partners and leaders in order to harness the findings of this research and movement that seeks to meet people’s needs and improve quality of life on Earth.”

The Mars Science City project will consist of several domes, with innovative construction techniques throughout; it will be carried out by a team of Emirati scientists, engineers and designers, led by a team from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and Dubai Municipality.

According to the Dubai Media Office, the study will be the most sophisticated simulation in the world. The research may establish a ground-breaking framework – to aid our future understanding of life in hostile environments.

For more information, visit this link from the Dubai Media Office.

The Mars Science City project was launched by Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.


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