Mars Rover: Curiosity’s Canadian Connection

Not only are a number of Canadians piloting Curiosity from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), they’ll also direct the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS), a Canadian-designed component on the rover that’s key to the mission’s success.

The APXS was designed by a team of scientists from the University of Guelph, led by physics professor Ralf Gellert. The Canadian Space Agency footed the $17.8 million bill.

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[The Globe and Mail]

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