March 18th, 2004

A Canadian mission to Mars? Toronto Star

With its bright reddish-brown landscape, dotted with troughs and cobblestones, the latest image from Mars drew gasps from the audience. Halfway towards the Martian horizon stood a signpost that read, “Tim Horton’s

March 7th, 2004

So, where did the water on Mars come from? Toronto Star

The Mars rover Opportunity’s examination of Martian rocks last week provided the first convincing evidence that our neighbour world was once “awash” in water, as one NASA scientist described it.
But where did the water come from? And why does Mars have no liquid water now, while Earth apparently has been covered with the stuff for 4 billion years?

February 15th, 2004

Water for the men of Mars Toronto Star

Despite the recent headlines and spectacular colour photos regarding the detection of water on Mars, experts say four crucial questions remain: how much, where, what quality and how difficult to tap.

February 1st, 2004

Canada’s mission to Mars Toronto Star

Little green men, or microscopic blobs? For centuries, the prospect of life on Mars has brought the most lethargic imaginations to the boil, and driven scientists to a frenzy of speculation. But a team of University of Toronto physicists, working with other Canadian and American experts, hopes its landmark research mission will be among the first to answer the interplanetary riddle, and deliver new information that will pave the way for the great race to the Red Planet.

December 23rd, 2003

Astronaut says manned missions to Mars possible Toronto Star

Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean, who likely won’t be back in space until 2005, says a manned mission to Mars isn’t impossible. “We basically need the starter with a starter gun who says, ‘Go, let’s do it,’ ” MacLean said in an interview. “We have the capability to go, there are some technologies we need to improve before we actually try to go (to Mars), but we definitely can do it with what we have now.” MacLean said NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and others involved in space missions are trying to get technology in place to get a manned mission to the Red Planet.