In pictures: Sheikh Mohammed and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi unveil 'Mars 2117 Project'

"Mars 2117 Project" which aims at its final stage to establish the first inhabitable human settlement in Mars by 2117.
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Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan have unveiled the “Mars 2117 Project”. (Image: sheikhmohammed.ae)
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(Image: Dubai Media Office)
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“The new project is a seed that we plant today, and we expect future generations to reap the benefits, driven by its passion to learn to unveil a new knowledge,” Sheikh Mohammed said. “The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality.” (Image: sheikhmohammed.ae)
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The first phase of the project will focus on preparing the human cadres able to achieve scientific breakthrough to facilitate the arrival of human to the Red Planet in the next decades. The Mars 2117 Project also aims to prepare an Emiratis scientists team and to develop an international scientific consortium to speed up the research project. The project will start with an Emiratis scientific team and will be extended to include international scientists and researchers, in addition to streamline the human efforts in term of exploring and settlement of the red plant. (Image: sheikhmohammed.ae)
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The ambitious project was launched today on the sideline of the 5th World Government Summit, and set to be developed and executed in partnership with major international scientific research institutions. (Image: sheikhmohammed.ae)
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The project will also focus on developing faster means\nof transportation from and to the red planet, and come up with an integrated scientific visualization of how the settlement will look like, and how life will be there in term of food, transportation and energy among many others. (Image: sheikhmohammed.ae)
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“The UAE became part of a global scientific drive to explore the space, and we hope to serve humanity through this project,” Abu Dhabi Crown Prince said. (ITP Images)
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(Image: Dubai Media Office)