The Government of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched the new AED500m ($136m) Mars Science City project, which is set to provide a realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars.
The new project will cover an area of 1.9ft² and will include laboratories for carrying out testing and studies on food, energy, water, and agriculture.
To be equipped with various domes, the city will be built as part of UAE’s Mars 2117 Strategy, which aims to build the first settlement on Mars in the next 100 years.
Mars Science City will feature laboratories to simulate Mars’ terrain and its harsh environment through 3D printing technology, as well as heat and radiation insulation.
It will also feature a museum with walls that will be 3D-printed using sand from the desert. Educational areas will be included to attract young people across the world to study the space.
UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, Dubai Municipality, and architect BjarkeIngels will carry out the Mars Science City project.
Dubai Vice-President, Prime Minister and ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “The UAE seeks to establish international efforts to develop technologies that benefit humankind, and that establish the foundation of a better future for more generations to come.
“We also want to consolidate the passion for leadership in science in the UAE, contributing to improving life on Earth and developing innovative solutions to many of our global challenges.
“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.”
As part of the Mars Science City project, a team will be living in the simulated red planet city for a year to gather experience to create a reference model for future innovation around sustaining life in a hostile planetary environment.
The experiments to be conducted within the city are also expected to help find new and self-sufficient ideas in the fields of energy, water and food.