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UAE Announces $140 Million BIG-Designed Mars Science City

UAE Announces $140 Million BIG-Designed Mars Science City”

Dubai is not known for doing things by half, from the world's tallest building to the world's largest mall, this is a town that likes things big.

The massive 1.9 million-square-foot, 500 million United Arab Emirates dirham ($140 million)-space simulation center will be built in the desert of the United Arab Emirates and is meant to be a "viable and realistic model" for simulated living on Mars.

The city will conduct agricultural testing and studies about food and water security to address some of Earth's key challenges in the decades to come.

The ruler has unveiled plans for a 1.9 million square-foot simulation city that will imitate real-life living on the surface of Mars. Utilizing one of the techniques now considered for Mars habitat construction, the walls of the museum will be 3D printed using sand from the Emirati desert.

At the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed said: "The UAE seeks to establish worldwide efforts to develop technologies that benefit humankind, and that establish the foundation of a better future for more generations to come".

The project forms part of the wider 100-year UAE Mars 2117 plan, which is initially focussed on preparing national cadres for space exploration by developing their capabilities in the fields of space science, research, artificial intelligence, robotics and advanced space technologies.

On top of the laboratories simulating Mars conditions, the complex will also be home to a space museum and educational zones for school students.

"The new project is another step in the UAE's leading contributions to the global science movement; we seek to set an example and motivation for others to participate, and contribute, to humanity's march into space".

In yet another sign that we live in the future, the UAE government has announced plans to build a city that simulates the conditions of living on Mars.

The city will consist of several domes, with innovative construction techniques providing support for the structures.



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