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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- Rover landing gives boost to Canadian tech sector (The Globe and Mail)