28 Sep 2017 AT 10:36 AM

The UAE is set to build a city that will simulate life on Mars

It's going to have a museum with 3D printed walls with sand from the UAE desert
28 Sep 2017 AT 10:36 AM
Mars, Museum, Space, UAE
Mars, Museum, Space, UAE
Mars, Museum, Space, UAE
Mars, Museum, Space, UAE
Mars, Museum, Space, UAE

Remember the news that the UAE is going to build a city on Mars? If you’ve been off-grid for most of the year, you can catch up here.

Well, a massive project has just been announced that will be a major milestone on the road to Mars 2117 – the UAE is planning to build an AED500 million city that will simulate living on the surface of Mars.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, launched the Mars Science City project on Tuesday.

It will be the largest space simulation city ever built at 1.9 million square feet, with laboratories for food, energy and water, as well as agricultural testing and studies about food security in the future. It will also be home to a museum to help encourage youngsters to learn about space, with exhibits displaying some of the greatest space achievements of all time.

As if the project couldn’t get any cooler, the walls museum are actually going to be 3D printed with sand from the UAE desert.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid 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 to developing innovative solutions to many of our global challenges."

He continued, "The UAE is a great country with vision and understanding of the challenges we face and the rapid changes our world is experiencing. 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."

"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," he concluded.

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