Building a City on Mars by 2117

Elle Zhan Wei
February 23rd 2017

We know we are living in an ever-changing world, but it seems that the term ever-changing isn’t fast enough anymore to describe the speed and gravity of our abilities to change the world that we live in. Top government officials in Dubai had unveiled their vast Mars 2117 Project.

The plan is to build a livable city on Mars roughly the size of Chicago (606.1km² ) for humans to move in. It aims to be finished by 2117, exactly 100 years from now - not just the building part, but also to populate our new colony on the Red Planet.

While the details of the project have not been revealed, Dubai did say the first step towards realizing the ambitious plan is education. “The Mars 2117 Project is a long term project, where our first objective is to develop our educational system so our sons will be able to lead scientific research across the various sectors" explained Sheikh Mohamed, the minister and ruler of Dubai.

There are still some fundamental technical issues we need to get out of the way before we can start packing. And a part from that, would this possibility only be interesting for a small group of people? Mohamed promises to share the research results for international access throughout the building up that would last a century. “The UAE became part of a global scientific drive to explore the space, and we hope to serve humanity through this project” says the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

One hundred years might sound like a long time, but not when you are planning to move of population of 600,000 to a planet that only 140 years ago didn't have a name. Despite a number of tryouts, so far living on Mars remains a dream.

Source: Science Alert. Image: Inhabitat

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