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A $140 million prototype of a Mars colony is being planned for a desert near Dubai —here's what it looks like

Business Insider Logo By Leanna Garfield of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 8: <p>What might it be like to live on Mars?</p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/tour-architect-bjarke-ingels-brooklyn-penthouse-2015-6?utm_source=msn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=msn-slideshow&utm_campaign=bodyurl"> Bjarke Ingels Group</a> - the architects behind the designs for <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/bjarke-ingels-describes-his-vision-for-two-world-trade-center-tower-2015-6?utm_source=msn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=msn-slideshow&utm_campaign=bodyurl"> Two World Trade Center</a> in Manhattan and the <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjluJr1kdfWAhUM84MKHYODD4kQFggoMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dezeen.com%2F2016%2F11%2F08%2Fbig-designs-dubai-abu-dhabi-hyperloop-one-new-video-technology-news%2F&usg=AOvVaw2Sm0y0-Vj8002mMefSasqu"> Hyperloop One</a> - has an idea.</p><p>The firm is designing a city in the desert of the United Arab Emirates meant to simulate a Mars colony. The $140 million development near Dubai is slated to be "a viable and realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars," <a href="http://mediaoffice.ae/en/media-center/news/26/9/2017/mars.aspx">according to</a> the local government.</p><p>The design for the Mars Science City, as it's called, spans 1.9 million square feet - which would make it the largest of its kind in the world. The plan calls for a team of astronauts to spend a year living in the simulated city after it's completed. However, there's no timeline for construction yet.</p><p>Check out the plans below.</p>

What might it be like to live on Mars?

Bjarke Ingels Group - the architects behind the designs for Two World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Hyperloop One - has an idea.

The firm is designing a city in the desert of the United Arab Emirates meant to simulate a Mars colony. The $140 million development near Dubai is slated to be "a viable and realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars," according to the local government.

The design for the Mars Science City, as it's called, spans 1.9 million square feet - which would make it the largest of its kind in the world. The plan calls for a team of astronauts to spend a year living in the simulated city after it's completed. However, there's no timeline for construction yet.

Check out the plans below.

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