NASA is the frontrunner when it comes to space programmes and space expeditions. However, now it is the time for UAE to shine. With its bold, futuristic and exciting plans for Mars, scientists in the United Arab Emirates have made it clear that their space program deserves to be taken every bit as seriously. The aim to build a colony on Mars is both adrenaline-pumping and exciting beyond words. It is a leap into the zone of tomorrow. It is a move towards immortality.
The UAE, a nation which is just 46 years old, is gearing up to send a probe to Mars in 2020 on a voyage of scientific discovery. It may seem ambitious for such a young nation with very little history in science or engineering, but one thing the UAE has in abundance is a strong desire to progress and become one of the world’s leading nations in the fields of technology and innovation.
UAE's part-scientific, part-wishful thinking project has taken the universal human predicament of life on Mars and given it a new twist. The focus will be on the trial simulation and on a far more important question: what if we had a future city on Mars that was protected by a giant bubble?
2021 is the year the mission will start.
"There are some key interdisciplinary aspects of space we need to develop which includes a focus on renewable energy, solar panels, agriculture and psychology," said Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, chairman of UAE Space Agency.
"Sustainability is critical and we have developed successful projects here, for example 100 percent of water is recycled at Masdar...UAE's Mars Scientific City replicates conditions of Mars and will solve issues around water, energy and food and help with our human capacity development."
The people on Earth have always been fascinated about Mars. They have always wondered whether it is the only planet which consist of life, other than ours.
Today, Mars is considered to be a barren world. Ultraviolet light and energetic space particles stream in through its thin atmosphere, sterilising any life – at least as we know it – on its bone-dry surface.
But recent research suggests life might proliferate below the surface, where liquid water could be widespread.
Earth and Mars are similar when it comes to their basic structures and there's definitely a lot of focus across the world around finding out whether there is actually life on Mars. Lot of research has been done and is underway as we write. So, the curiosity has peaked, but the fact remains, only time will tell whether there is life on Mars or not.
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