United Arab Emirates Claims It Will Colonize Mars by 2117 (But They’re Pretty Late to the Game)

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The UAE, whose space agency was only just established three years ago, has officially declared that not only will they enter the “space race” to Mars, but they claim they will settle humans there by the year 2117.

The UAE’s venture is aptly called Mars Project 2117, and RT reports, “The long-term project will focus on boosting the UAE’s space research capacity, with a view to making the wealthy Persian Gulf country one of the top players vying for a place on Mars.”

2117… It is the kind of grand, sweeping statement that’s super easy to make, considering no one alive today will be around to call them on it if they fail to deliver 100 years from now.

But the UAE is late to the hypothetical Mars colony game. So many other nations are already in this race and with much earlier stated goals.

As previously reported, NASA has already been discussing the idea of Americans living on Mars sometime in the 2030s, the first step to which they say will be landing people successfully on asteroids which they hope to accomplish by 2025.

Beating out NASA’s goal, however, is the Netherlands-based nonprofit group Mars One who claims they’ll establish a human colony on Mars by 2027, and they’re reportedly going to start rocketing off the construction materials necessary here shortly.

Still earlier are Mars goals put forth by SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk who has said colonization of Mars is necessary to preserve humanity in the event something catastrophic goes down here on Earth:

“I think there is a strong humanitarian argument for making life multi-planetary,” Musk told Aeon magazine when asked why we should focus on Mars when there are so many problems facing people here on Earth, “in order to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something catastrophic were to happen, in which case being poor or having a disease would be irrelevant, because humanity would be extinct.”

Meanwhile, Amazon owner Jeff Bezos says we should do it “because it’s cool”.

While science fiction makes the idea intriguing, the government of Mars — which is currently being referred to as the Mars Secretariat and sounds a lot like the UN — is already being planned out, making the environment of the red planet a lot less inviting and much more hostile sounding than it already was.

And on that note, if people really do make it there in the next 100 years, the one thing we can likely expect on Mars by 2117 is the first Martian war.

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  • TrevorD

    Now I really know the whole world is utterly crazy and indeed in a total dream state.

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  • Rick E.

    LOL, really?! I can see it now…”Muhammed on Mars”! Wow, I will bet that the precious Snowflakes will be there with ’em! Maybe even Obomba too?

  • Brad Dueringer

    The U.S. already has a base there…
    This is just theater for the sheep

    • Nexusfast123

      Like the imaginary one on the Moon.

      • Brad Dueringer

        And the “Mars” rovers aren’t on Devon Island in Canada 🙂

  • Nexusfast123

    Picking the year is as dumb as the concept. There will be no one around soon if the US keeps on prodding the Russians and Chinese.

  • It is not Paranoia

    Who believes this shit?

    Sure, we’re all going to fucking Mars…but we SOMEHOW can’t go back to the Moon…

    Or it will be for Freemasons only again?

  • The_Ipcress_File

    I suppose the Arabs would feel quite at home on a desert planet.

    • Rayven Wrathchild

      A frozen desert at that – lol.

  • PopDeGator

    Colonize Mars? A bit pretentious for a bunch of people who only got indoor plumbing a relatively short time ago, dontcha think?

  • Cynical Old Bastard

    Ain’t nobody colonizing sh*t. Even if they did it’s long after we are dead. Even the kids who are born this very day will be dead.

    This has to be a joke.

  • g.johnon

    will you all be going? no way you could leave sooner? and maybe take all the Israeli Zionists with you?

  • Ken, Megapolis

    This idea is out of this world!

  • Ken, Megapolis

    I once attended a new year party on the moon. It was useless and I won’t return next year. There was just no atmosphere🌜