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UAE plans to build first city in Mars

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  1. Saho

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    Over the past few decades, oil and gas revenue has helped the United Arab Emirates develop at a breakneck pace. Its glistening megacity Dubai is now home to the world's tallest building and countless other accolades, while just last year there were new plans announced to build a completely new “city of happiness.”

    The UAE’s latest venture may set new heights in terms of ambition, however. On Tuesday, at the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai, the UAE announced that it was planning to build the first city on Mars by 2117. According to CNBC, UAE engineers presented a concept city at the event about the size of Chicago for guests to explore.

    In a statement, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and vice president of the UAE, sounded confident about the project. “Human ambitions have no limits, and whoever looks into the scientific breakthroughs in the current century believes that human abilities can realize the most important human dream,” Maktoum said.

    And despite the grandiose nature of the idea, the 100-year-plan does emphasize some practical steps. “The Mars 2117 Project is a long-term project,” Maktoum explained in the statement, adding that the first order of business would be making space travel appeal to young Emiratis, with special programs in space sciences being set up at universities in the UAE.

    The project will also create an Emirati scientific team, but that would expand to include international scientists. In particular, these teams would be seeking to develop faster transportation to and from the planet, as well as researching what the settlement would look like and how it will be sustainable in terms of food, energy and transportation.

    This won't be the Gulf state's first foray into space travel. The UAE launched its own space agency in 2014, which launched partnerships with French and British space agencies the next year. It is planning to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021, a project that was described as “on track” just last month.

    Of course, whether the plan for a city on Mars will actually come to fruition a century from now is hard to predict. However, in a strange way, this might be a good thing. Other recently announced space exploration plans, particularly those focused on Mars, have been criticized for setting too ambitious a time frame given the huge costs of such a mission. By setting such a distant goal, the UAE's ambitious city becomes a little more realistic.

    For the UAE, these attempts to break into space technology may also reveal an anxious attempt to break away from the country's reliance on oil and gas and related industries, having been hit hard by falling prices recently. Thankfully for them, there's still plenty of money in sovereign wealth funds to invest in Mars
     
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    May UAE succeed in this endeavour.
    Be the first Arab nation to have a successful space program, enough said.:tup:
     
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    Why do you think Elon Musk went to UAE? :cheesy:
     
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    Soon we will be hearing chants of "Kaafir Kaafir Alien Kaafir." :D
     
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    This is more of a joke then anything else. Even the US and Russia are a long ways off to even sending humans to mars let along inhabiting it with humans living in pods or capsules. The notion of building a city on mars the size of Chicago is just stupid.


    First master the basics such as building reliable rockets, a space station, reusable capsules, space suits, etc, then after many decades and 100s of billions to trillions of dollars talk about mars missions.

    Does the UAE plan on sending thousands of construction workers to build that city? How does it plan on feeding and hydrating all those people on the journey to mars and how does it plan to support them on mars? How in gods name does the UAE plan on sending enough construction equipment and materials needed to build a city the size of Chicago?
     
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    Look at the date buddy. It is a joke. By 2117 (a century from now) if Donald Trump has not already destroyed humanity, our children will travel to Mars to spend their vacation there!

    I still can't understand why they wasted paper and ink or web space to announce something like this.
     
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