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CanaDrill could go to Mars Calgary Herald

First the Canadarm, now the CanaDrill. Canada’s newest role in space is taking shape in Sudbury, where a bunch of mining experts began asking: “Since Canadians are so good at drilling for gold and nickel, why not go and drill on Mars?” This is a serious proposal, worth $625,000 so far to the Canadian Space Agency. The CanaDrill is conceived as a robotic drill, battery powered and diamond tipped, that would fly to Mars on an unmanned NASA lander similar to the wildly successful Mars Pathfinder of 1997.