Scientist Rob Stewart has donned a spacesuit and walked across the dusty, windy and rocky Mars landscape in search of new life. Granted, in this case, Mars is a 20-kilometre-wide crater on an island in Canada’s far North that researchers from around the world are using as a stand-in for the Red Planet.
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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.