Simulated Mars settlement will be built near Dubai, spanning 1.9 million square feet

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Humans aren't quite ready to make the journey to the red planet just yet, but once we are, we'll need to know exactly what kind of structures and technology work best to keep the first brave travelers alive and well. To that end, an incredibly ambitious effort called the Mars Science City Project was just announced in Dubai, and it will see the construction of a multi-domed simulated martian habitat covering a whopping 1.9 million square feet.

The project, which is being called the largest space simulation settlement ever built, will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 million to build. Using the desert wasteland as a simulated Mars landscape, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels will oversee its construction.

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