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Mars colonisation: UAE to build 'first city' on Red Planet by 2117

Mars colonisation: UAE to build 'first city' on Red Planet by 2117 Mars colonisation: UAE to build 'first city' on Red Planet by 2117
Theresa Hayes | 17 February, 2017, 01:03

Long before the UAEs 2117 goal, former President Barack Obama planned for a Mars mission, previous year he announced a "clear goal" to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. About 40% of its engineers are women and they are now working on the first Arab satellite KhalifaSat to be launched in 2018 to the Red Planet, coinciding the 50 years of UAE's National Day.

The United Arab Emirates said it planned to build the first city on Mars in 100 years.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and vice president of the UAE said in a press release that there is no limit of human ambitions and anything is possible because human abilities can make any progress in science and space. Saeed Al Gergawi, manager of the scientific and research committee of the World Government Summit held in Dubai said: "The city is approximately the size of Chicago".

The UAE will plan to prepare national cadres that can achieve scientific breakthroughs to enable the transport of people to Mars over the next decades.

Before anybody can live on Mars, humanity must first make their way to the Red Planet. It will also try to look out for faster means of transportation for travelling to and from the Red Planet.

Laurel Kornfeld is a freelance writer and amateur astronomer from Highland Park, NJ, who enjoys writing about astronomy and planetary science.

A virtual presentation depicting a preliminary concept for the city on Mars was made during the announcement. The aim of this century-long effort is not just to inhabit Red Planet, but to accelerate scientific research for further space explorations. "Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead global efforts to make this dream a reality", said Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid.

The new project will involve research themes that will feature the exploration of transportation means, energy and food on Mars.

It appears that the world's overall success rate regarding their mission to Mars is less than 50-50 since the 1960s, while NASA has the best success rate of 70 per cent, as reported by The New Zealand Herald.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid, on whose name the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) was set up in 2014, has been closely interacting with ISRO ever since the launch of Mangalyaan mission successfully to Mars in September 2014.