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    Dubai unveils "Mars 2117 Project"

    sounds interesting! anyone think this could have potential? is the UAE likely the becoming a major space power over the coming years?
    might as well use all that money for space travel I say


    Dubai unveils "Mars 2117 Project"

    The United Arab Emirates has announced an ambitious long-term project that aims to build the first city on Mars by 2117.
    At the 5th World Government Summit yesterday, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the "Mars 2117 Project" which aims to build a miniature city on the Red Planet within 100 years.
    “This new project is a seed that we plant today, and we expect future generations to reap the benefits – driven by a passion to learn, to unveil new knowledge,” said Sheikh Mohammed. “The landing of people on other planets has been a long-time dream for humans. Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality.”
    In the near term, the UAE will focus on developing its education system, he said, to equip its people with the science and technical skills required for leading research across various sectors. The knowledge that flows from the project will be made available to research institutions around the world to foster collaborations and partnerships in the fields of energy, food, housing, mobility, space travel and transportation. These efforts will not only go towards advancing the Mars project, but will also help to improve people's lives here on Earth.
    The UAE is becoming "part of a global scientific drive to explore space, and we hope to serve humanity through this project," said the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who also attended the event.
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    any opinions on this?

    realistic? can the UAE manager this or is it a combined international effort that is likely to be the cause.

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    Seems far-fetched. Building a city requires LOTS of raw materials. It's not clear how many of those materials will be locally obtainable.

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    Meh, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will be dead by then, so it's not like he has to back it up.

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    At the 5th World Government Summit yesterday, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the "Mars 2117 Project" which aims to build a miniature city on the Red Planet within 100 years.
    a miniature city? like one one these but on mars?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Seems far-fetched. Building a city requires LOTS of raw materials. It's not clear how many of those materials will be locally obtainable.
    According to Robert Zubrin, author of The Case For Mars, we will be able to manufacture perfectly acceptable BRICKS from Martian soil. We're not going to be lugging them all the way from Earth. That would be prohibitively expensive.

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