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Canada Contributes a Weather Station to the Phoenix Mission to Mars

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:32 pm
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The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, announced today that the Agency has delivered to NASA Canada’s contribution to the Phoenix mission to Mars. Canada is contributing a weather station called MET that will be integrated with the Phoenix Mars lander, which is set to launch on August 3, 2007. These meteorological instruments were designed by Canadian scientists and industry with $37 million in funding from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

“Our contribution to the Phoenix mission will inspire young Canadians to take their place as part of the next space generation,” said Minister Bernier.

“Today’s announcement fully supports the commitments made in Budget 2007, especially the strengthening of our economy through a knowledge advantage,” he added. “This initiative is a good example of the creation of a knowledge advantage, as it will help ensure that Canada is well positioned to succeed in the modern global economy by combining people, skills, new ideas and advanced technologies.”

Minister Bernier also introduced Agency employees to Mr. Laurier J. Boisvert, the new president of the CSA.

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989, the CSA coordinates all civil space-related policies and programs on behalf of the Government of Canada. The CSA directs its resources and activities through four key thrusts: earth observation, space science and exploration, satellite communications, and space awareness and learning. By leveraging international cooperation, the CSA generates world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of humanity.

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