€115m Martian City planned for Dubai desert to simulate life on Red Planet

A giant city built under domes in the desert could be used to prepare Earthlings for life on Mars.

The €115 million Mars Science City will cover 1.9 million square feet of Emirati desert and offer the most realistic model of simulated Martian living.

Plans have been revealed by the UAE government, which is working with architect Bjarke Ingels on the massive project.

(Dubai Media Office)

The site will encompass laboratories for food, energy and water – as well as agricultural testing and studies about future food security on Earth.

The UAE government wants to attract scientists from around the world to the project which it unveiled this week.

(Dubai Media Office)

Once constructed, a team will live within the simulated Mars environment for one year, learning about the challenges future Mars settlers could face.

The Mars Science City structure will be “the most sophisticated building (in) the world”, says the UAE government. It will incorporate a realistic simulation environment replicating the conditions on the surface of Mars.

(Dubai Media Office)

The science city will also boast a museum that displays Earth’s greatest space achievements, including educational areas meant to “engage young citizens with space, and inspire in them a passion for exploration and discovery”, the Dubai Media Office said in a statement.

Sections of the walls will be 3D printed, using sand from the Emirati desert.

(Dubai Media Office)

The Mars Science City project falls within the UAE’s objectives to lead the global scientific race to take people to Mars. It is also 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.

It comes as tech entrepreneur and SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he wants to get people on Mars within the next decade.

The creation of Mars Science City is led by a team from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and Dubai Municipality.


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