‘The UAE has launched an ambitious space program aimed at sending a probe to Mars by 2021 and settling the Red Planet by 2117. The kingdom’s rulers see the hi-tech venture as a sign of hope and inspiration…
On Wednesday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE and emir of Dubai, and Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, inaugurated the national space program at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), local media reported.
Part of the ambitious, far-fetched program is the construction of a first-of-its-kind “scientific city” that would imitate the atmosphere and other conditions on Mars, including zero gravity, according to Khaleej Times. The new facility is also to include “a museum of Mars and specialized laboratories.”
The national space program should give boost to the UAE’s Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) – an ambitious project aimed at making the kingdom the first Arab country to reach Mars by 2021. In February of this year, the UAE’s prime minister said that the EMM is also studying the possibility building the “first inhabitable human settlement” on Mars within the next 100 years, settling the Red Planet by 2117.
Aside from the long-term projects, the UAE’s space program will train astronauts from the Emirates and the Arab world for prospective Mars missions…’
Mission to Mars – A New Hope