NASA Encourages the public to help in their journey to Mars

NASA's mission to Mars has been a long time in the making. In an attempt to further their efforts, NASA is now reaching out to the public to submit their designs for shelter, food, water, oxygen, communication and well-being of colony inhabitants. They are looking for technical submission which should include how the equipment or systems will be developed, tested, implemented and operated. There will be three prizes for top submissions from a total award pool of $15 000.

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Mars rover still sniffing for elusive methane

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Initial analysis of the atmosphere of Mars from NASA’s rover Curiosity has shown no sign of methane, a gas detected previously by remote sensors, researchers said on Friday.

On Earth, more than 90 percent of the methane in the atmosphere results from living organisms and its presence in the Martian atmosphere, first detected in 2003, raised the prospect of microbial life on the planet.

Hear what Society president, Kevin Shortt, had to say on the subject to CTV News Channel.

Neptec Design Group Wins Contract to Develop Cameras for European Space Agency's ExoMars Programme

Neptec Design Group (NDG), a Canadian leader in engineering products for space exploration, today announced that it has signed a contract with Astrium UK Limited for the design and build of navigation cameras for the ExoMars Rover.

The ExoMars Programme has the goals of understanding the Martian environments and establishing whether life had or could now exist on Mars. The Programme comprises two Missions: an Orbiter in 2016; and a Rover Mission in 2018.  Read more at EinNews.

Life on Mars: Rover landing gives boost to Canadian tech sector

Roughly 248 million kilometres away on the dusty, barren surface of Mars, Canadian technology is thriving.

There, far from the high-profile difficulties of Research In Motion Ltd., a car-sized rover called Curiosity will soon be rolling safely through the giant Gale crater with the help of hazard-avoidance cameras carrying advanced image sensors built by Teledyne Dalsa, which is headquartered in RIM’s hometown of Waterloo, Ont.  Read more at The Globe and Mail.


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