The world’s largest space-simulation city ever built will be erected in Dubai, by the United Arab Emirates. It will cover more than 1.9 million square feet and be inhabited by a team of researchers for one year to collect data to determine what it would be like to live on Mars.
At a cost of $135,000 million dollars, the city is part of Dubai’s goal to have people living on Mars in the next 100 years.
Advanced laboratories that simulate the harsh climate of the Red Planet will be used to determine how humans can settle there – with food, water, and energy needs being examined in detail.
The walls of the museum within the space city will be 3D-printed using sand from the Emirati desert.
The project to colonize mars was announced in collaboration with international organizations and scientific bodies in Febraury, 2017 by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The project also includes the recruitment of scientifically advanced persons who can facilitate the transport of people to Mars from Earth.
It is unknown if Elon Musk and Space X are working with the UAE to colonize mars, though Musk has made it clear that we must figure out how to live on Mars’s surface, “to save humanity.”
Musk admits that a one-way ticket to Mars would cost you around $10 billion dollars – the same amount of money that could purchase a large chunk of midtown Manhattan.
He understands that there are technological and financial hurdles to overcome, but he has laid out a plan, much like the UAE’s plan. Musk would like to build enough ships to take a million people to Mars in the next 40 to 100 years.
Even for a Silicon Valley dreamer, many say Musk’s goals are ambitious. Others attest we’ve had the ability to get to Mars for at least 40 years. Still other experts attest we may even have military bases there, though the U.S. government denies such a claim. One whistleblower, Captain Kaye, claims he served 17 years on Mars as part of a secret space program.
Kaye states that there is already a colony on Mars called Aries Prime which is located inside a Martian crater.
One baby step for the UAE and Musk should Kaye’s (and other claims) prove false, might be the MOXIE experiment to be conducted on the NASA 2020 rover. It will investigate whether we can produce oxygen from atmospheric CO2 on Mars.