Mars Science Laboratory
Canada is playing an integral role as part of the Mars Science Laboratory mission and the Curiosity Rover which will attempt landing on the Red planet early Monday morning at 1:31 a.m. EDT (10:31 p.m. PDT). On board the rover is an Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) Canada contributed. The APXS determines the elemental chemistry of rocks and soils using alpha particles and X-rays.
Two of the Canadian scientists involved in the project are the Canadian Space Agency's Victoria Hipkin, Senior Program Scientist, Planetary Exploration, and Planetary Scientist Richard Lveill. Here are there thoughts.