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Experience Life On Mars: Dubai Launches 'Mars Science City' Simulation Project

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In mankind's constant bid to get one step ahead, the next goal on the horizon is the red planet Mars. While private companies and governments are racing ahead with their plans on how to travel to Mars and establish settlements, other nations are practising living in 'Mars' simulated cities, to prepare for life on the planet.

A $136 million (Rs 890 crore) worth 'Mars Science City' project was recently launched in Abu Dhabi by Vice President of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum along with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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The Mars Science City project, with several domes spread over 1.9 million square feet will attempt to duplicate the conditions on Mars. While other Mars simulation areas have been made in the past, generally only authorised personnel are allowed to enter, while the Mars Science City will incorporate a museum section for visitors in addition to the research work being carried out.

A team of engineers from Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and Dubai Municipality are leading the project along with architect Bjarke Ingels. The Mars Science City will include a series of domes made by 3D printing using desert sand and laboratories where research would be carried out. The terrain of Mars will be simulated as much as possible by means of advanced 3D printing technology and heat and radiation insulation.

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Currently, plans for settling large bases and cities on Mars involve extensive in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) that is the use of the surroundings, to build and operate the facilities. To develop self-sufficient technologies relating to energy, water and food, a team will be living exclusively in the simulated city for a period of one year to mimic the living conditions on Mars.

The Mars Science City is touted to be the first large-scale test facility on Earth which would experiment with ISRU techniques that could be used on Mars.

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