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A Canadian Mars Lander

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos@YorkU.CA>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 12:25:28 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Fwd Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 03:15:18 -0400
Subject: A Canadian Mars Lander

Hi everyone!

Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau (he has flown in space three
times) and now President of the Canadian Space Agency spoke at
York Univeristy on Tuesday, June 18. He reviewed Canada's past
accomplishments and talked about the present and future goals.
Although the CSA budget is only $300,000,000 a year and a small
fraction of NASA's or the European Space Agency (which Canada is
an associate member), it is planning some very ambitious and
important space missions, including a lander/rover to look for
water and study the soil and atmopshere of Mars. Below is public
talk about one of these CSA Mars missions which will be given
here at York U. this coming Monday.

Other proposed Mars missions include a high resolution radar
satellite similar to RADARSAT 2 (which our U.S. neighbours
didn't want us to launch or to share the data with anyone since
it can see people on the ground even in the dark of night and
though thick cloud cover too) and a Martian soil sample return
(for those who can't wait, I can share some photos Conway took
of a suspected Martian meteroite that we saw at GSC in Ottawa
earlier this year).


                     YORK UNIVERSITY


	       Space Engineering Candidate

               	   Brendan M. Quine
	        The Northern Light Team
        Thoth Technology and University of Toronto

Northern Light - A Canadian Mars Lander: A Mission Overview


The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has identified the exploration
of Mars as a key theme in its space-exploration program. We are
developing a small Canadian lander and rover system to assist in
the international effort to explore Mars and to provide niche
science using Canadian technology. Our first launch opportunity
will be as part of Artemis, a proposed multi-lander NASA Scout
mission, for launch to Mars in 2007. The Artemis mission
proposes to explore the Martian surface and atmosphere using
three lander probes complemented by orbital measurements.

Northern Light is a complete entry, descent and landing system
equipped with sophisticated scientific instruments and
experiments. This Canadian Mars lander will complement the two
proposed American landers, providing extensive new scientific
information on the Martian surface, subsurface and atmosphere.
Northern Light will be developed by a public-private consortium
of organisations led by Thoth Technology.

Our lander-science goals will include the search for water, the
investigation of the atmosphere and radiative balance, the
search for life and preparation for a sample-return mission. In
combination with a proposed Canadian orbiting instrument, MARGO
(Mars Aerosol and Radiative Gas Observer), we will be able to
measure the Martian atmosphere from the surface and from an
orbiting platform. The approach will provide local and global
coverage capability as well as the opportunity to cross-validate
the two measurement sets, mirroring the approach used to observe
Earth's atmosphere.

In this paper we discuss the Northern Light concept and present
an overview of the proposed mission. We describe our system, the
instrumentation and the science objectives we hope to achieve.

DATE:              Monday, June 24, 2002
TIME:              10:15 am
LOCATION:          Room 317, Petrie Science Building

Refreshments will be served at 10:00 am in Room 315, Petrie
Science Building.

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