The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc. (NORCAT), has developed a prototype drill for potential use on a future Mars mission as part of a feasibility study done for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Raymond Bonin, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt and Diane Marleau, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, will join Canadian Space Agency President Marc Garneau and NORCAT Executive Director and CEO Darryl Lake for a demonstration of the Mars drilling technology.
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Odyssey Detects Signs of More Martian Ice NewsFactor Network
Not that Michelle Kwan should join NASA, but it would appear that the surface of Mars has a lot more frozen water than previously thought. Initial data from NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft, which began its mapping mission last week, include tentative identification of significant, but as yet unquantified, amounts of frozen water. Whether that means frozen puddles and ponds or ice crystals mixed into the top layer of soil remains to be seen. “We’re actually detecting a deficit of neutrons emerging from the surface, and just about the only thing that can cause that is hydrogen atoms,” Jeffrey Plaut, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s deputy project scientist for the Odyssey mission, told NewsFactor.
The tour of duty for the second crew of the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is coming to a close, formally ending on March 7th, 2002. The past two weeks of activities has marked an exciting, stimulating, and at times challenging environment for everyone here. Overall I would call our time here a great success, as we maintained a mindset of living on “analog Mars” while engaging in various scientific and technical investigations geared toward the future exploration of the red planet.