During the race to Mars, space exploration has turned more and more toward private companies.
According to the buzz United Arab Emirates have announced a project according to which specialized global organizations and scientific institutions will together work to establish life on Mars by 2117.
Forget Dubai, forget the Moon, United Arab Emirates has woken up to set up a future city on Mars riding high on the success of Indian Space Research Organisation's deployment of 104 satellites at one go including its own Niyaf-1, the smallest one in the group.
Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan unveiled the Mars 2117 Project earlier this week during the World Government Summit.
Sheikh Al Maktoum added "Mars 2117 is a seed we are sowing today to reap the fruit of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human knowledge". Long before the UAEs 2117 goal, former President Barack Obama planned for a Mars mission, past year he announced a "clear goal" to send humans to Mars by the 2030s.
He said on Tuesday, "The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Our aim is that UAE will spearhead worldwide efforts to make this dream a reality".
Thus far only the United States has been able to land a craft on Mars - Europe and Russian Federation have both failed. UAE established its space agency in 2014 aiming to boost the country's space research capacity.
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CNBC (via Washington Post) revealed this news that UAE engineers has developed the concept city and presented it at the event. It says, "The Mars 2117 project focuses on parallel research tracks including exploring the means of transportation, housing, energy, food and faster ways to reach and return from Mars". Second, it aims at Mars at a time when other big space powers-Europe, China and Russian Federation, and also perhaps NASA under new USA president Donald Trump-are looking at a return to the Moon as a simpler, more cost-effective way to develop human spacefaring technology.