Canada Contributes a Weather Station to the Phoenix Mission to Mars



    LONGUEUIL, QC, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Maxime Bernier,
Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency,
announced today that the Agency has delivered to NASA Canada's contribution to
the Phoenix mission to Mars. Canada is contributing a weather station called
MET that will be integrated with the Phoenix Mars lander, which is set to
launch on August 3, 2007. These meteorological instruments were designed by
Canadian scientists and industry with $37 million in funding from the Canadian
Space Agency (CSA).
    "Our contribution to the Phoenix mission will inspire young Canadians to
take their place as part of the next space generation," said Minister Bernier.
    "Today's announcement fully supports the commitments made in Budget 2007,
especially the strengthening of our economy through a knowledge advantage," he
added. "This initiative is a good example of the creation of a knowledge
advantage, as it will help ensure that Canada is well positioned to succeed in
the modern global economy by combining people, skills, new ideas and advanced
technologies."
    Minister Bernier also introduced Agency employees to Mr. Laurier J.
Boisvert, the new president of the CSA.

    About the Canadian Space Agency

    Established in 1989, the CSA coordinates all civil space-related policies
and programs on behalf of the Government of Canada. The CSA directs its
resources and activities through four key thrusts: earth observation, space
science and exploration, satellite communications, and space awareness and
learning. By leveraging international cooperation, the CSA generates
world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of
humanity.
    For more information, please visit the Agency's website: 
http://www.space.gc.ca/asc/fr/exploration/phoenix.asp

    Biographical notes on Mr. Laurier J. Boisvert are available at
www.space.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Julie Simard, Media Relations, (450) 926-4370,
julie.simard@space.gc.ca


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