Feb 17, 2017 12:55 AM EST
Mars 2117 shows a plan of the UAE to build a city on Mars. They plan to construct it for 600,000 people.
Promising countries were surprised when the United Arab Emirates has introduced its ambitious plan to build the city on Mars. According to Breitbart, the project is called Mars 2117 with the purpose of constructing a Chicago-like city for 600,000 people. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Dubai Emir.
On the other hand, Al Maktoum explained that Mars 2117 project will not be immediately enacted for the idea is reserved for future generations. Besides, there are no concrete plans yet to build a city on Mars. He said, "Mars 2117 UAE Martian city isn't slated for construction anytime soon. Rather it is a seed we are sowing today to reap the fruit of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human knowledge."
Al Maktoum also added that 100 years is needed to fulfill the Mars 2117 project. However, before UAE's goal to build their city on Mars there are surely many obstacles, particularly on the exploration. As of now, Russia and Europe already showed their interest to explore Mars but failed along the way. It was only the United States that successfully landed their spacecraft for exploration, Popular Science reported.
Meanwhile, UAE does not want to be late for the exploration for they will be sending a spacecraft "Hope" to orbit around the red planet in 2021. The country is confident to realized their Mars 2117 project because they know they have lots of money to sustain exploration.
Similar to UAE's ambitious projects for the city of Dubai more than 40 years ago, the country is looking forward for success. On top of that, even though the idea is a bit crazy, they view their previous success in the famous city and seeing its possibility toward the Mars 2117 project.