30Mar2016

Viva ‘Mars World’- Las Vegas May Get Red Planet Experience

Artist’s detail of a spoke walkway leading to the Mars resort and spa in the middle

An otherworldly tourist attraction could be coming to Sin City a few years from now. A consortium that includes a renowned space designer wants to build a totally new  immersive experience.

To be called “Mars World” it will be built near the famed Las Vegas Strip by 2021. The multi-acre simulated city will rise on yet-to-be purchased land somewhere between the I-15 freeway and Las Vegas Boulevard, if all goes according to plan. Visitors will be treated to the music, costumes and culture of a Mars colony.

They will take simulated “Marswalks” in one-fourth Earth gravity, ride a tram around the crater in which the city is built and even sleep overnight in rough habitats if they wish.

An otherworldly tourist attraction could be coming to Sin City a few years from now. A consortium that includes a renowned space designer wants to build an immersive experience called “Mars World” near the famed Las Vegas Strip by 2021.

Mars world

Artist’s detail of a close-up of a “Marswalk” in Mars World. Credit: Company: Mars World Enterprises Inc.; Concept and design: John Spencer; Image: Brian Cho

The multi-acre simulated city will rise on yet-to-be purchased land somewhere between the I-15 freeway and Las Vegas Boulevard, if all goes according to plan. Visitors will be treated to the music, costumes and culture of a Mars colony. They will take simulated “Marswalks” in one-fourth Earth gravity, ride a tram around the crater in which the city is built and even sleep overnight in rough habitats if they wish.

Fundraising for the $2 billion project will take several years. About $500,000 is available now from “key players” in the finance and trademarking/branding world, said chief designer John Spencer, who’s also the founder of the Space Tourism Society. A second fundraising round of $17 million has just begun, he added.Mars world concept“We’re really moving forward on this longstanding connection between science fiction and entertainment and real things,” Spencer told Space.com. “We developed an approach — we call this a design approach —that what we’re doing is not science fiction. It’s science future.”

Paging Walt Disney

Spencer’s space architecture work includes design on the International Space Station and Japan’s Space World theme park, as well as early designs for the Science Fiction Museum and Las Vegas’ Star Trek: The Experience. He also was the designer for the Aquarius underwater laboratory used by astronauts during NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) missions.

Las Vegas is a natural location for this attraction, Spencer said. About 40 million visitors come every year, with about 8 million of those being first-time visitors. They seek something unique that they can talk to their friends about, Spencer added. He therefore estimates he can pull in about 7 million attendees annually for Mars World.

Doing so will require a lot of work, Spencer acknowledges, but he added he has expertise in raising millions of dollars in space-themed parks. He is studying other “location-based entertainment” master plans, such as that of Disney World in Florida, focusing on elements such as realism.

When the second round of funding is finished, Spencer plans to gather advice on music, interiors, lighting and design from the entertainment world in Los Angeles.

Las Vegas is a natural location for this attraction, Spencer said. About 40 million visitors come every year, with about 8 million of those being first-time visitors. They seek something unique that they can talk to their friends about, Spencer added. He therefore estimates he can pull in about 7 million attendees annually for Mars World.

Doing so will require a lot of work, Spencer acknowledges, but he added he has expertise in raising millions of dollars in space-themed parks. He is studying other “location-based entertainment” master plans, such as that of Disney World in Florida, focusing on elements such as realism. When the second round of funding is finished, Spencer plans to gather advice on music, interiors, lighting and design from the entertainment world in Los Angeles. Source: Viva ‘Mars World’

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