The United Arab Emirates Wants 600,000 Martians Living On Red Planet By 2117—Will They Connect Them To The Ancient Ruins Of Cydonia?
On Earth, the United Arab Emirates boasts the tallest building, the largest artificial island and the biggest shopping mall, which includes an indoor ski resort and a colony of penguins. Earth, though, has its limits, so the Persian Gulf nation is looking elsewhere. If all goes as planned, a century from now it will have built a fully functioning city of 600,000 people on Mars. “We aspire in the coming century to develop science, technology and our youth’s passion for knowledge,” tweeted Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the country’s vice president and prime minister, when he announced the project — known as “Mars 2117” — earlier this year. “This project is driven by that vision.”