Space, Maple Leaf’s final frontier … The Globe and Mail

No Canadians ever got to walk on the moon, but this country’s space officials are looking even farther away and hoping to see the Maple Leaf on the Red Planet. The Canadian Space Agency signed on yesterday to a bold interplanetary project that could lead to human travel to Mars. The CSA agreed to participate in the European Space Agency’s most visionary undertaking to date, Aurora, which has been described as Europe’s equivalent of the Apollo lunar program. Aurora will define Europe’s long-term plans for the exploration of the solar system, including the possibility of humans journeying beyond Earth orbit, either to the moon, Mars or asteroids.