NASA says it plans to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, but the space agency doesn’t have a realistic budget to do so. SpaceX’s Elon Musk says he will send the first human colonists to Mars in the 2020s, but his company also lacks the financial resources to carry out its bold plans without a major government partner.
We can now add the United Arab Emirates to the list of entities that want to see colonized Mars. But even though the federation of seven Arab emirates currently lacks the space exploration budget or the technology, it seems that the federation of seven Arab emirates has a much more reasonable timeline to send humans to the red planet – the year 2117, a century from now. .
The ruler of one of the seven emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, announced the UAE’s colonization plan at the World Government Summit in Dubai this week. Then, in one series of tweetsSheikh Mohammad explained: “The project, which will be called ‘Mars 2117’, integrates a vision to create a mini-city and community on Mars with international cooperation. We aim to bring science, technology and the passion of developing our youth for knowledge. This project is driven by that vision.”
The UAE space agency, which already has a partnership with French and British space agencies, envisions an international program. “The Mars 2117 project will develop an Emirati and international team of scientists to drive human exploration of Mars in the years to come,” said Sheikh Mohammad. “Mars 2117 is a seed we sow today to reap the benefits of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human knowledge.”
According to the Dubai media agency, a team of engineers, scientists and researchers from the Emirates has developed a concept for the first human city on Mars, which will be built by robots before human habitation. This Martian city is said to have transportation, energy production, food, and – based on some released concept drawings – very modern-looking buildings.
This is all rather ambitious for a space agency that was only founded three years ago. However, the new target appears to be consistent with the UAE’s interest in Mars, as the Arab Federation previously announced a plan to launch a car-sized probe dubbed “Hope” to Mars in 2020 to explore the planet’s atmosphere. to study.
Perhaps what’s most notable about Mars 2117 is that it represents a third major stakeholder interested in sending humans to Mars, alongside NASA and SpaceX. Most of the rest of the global space community, from Europe to Russia to China, has shown far more interest in developing lunar resources than much more ambitious human missions to Mars.
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