Media Advisory - MP Kate Young to Meet with Next Generation of Planetary Space Explorers at Western University

LONGUEUIL, QC, Nov. 1, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - From now to November 18, 2016, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is leading CanMars 2016, a Mars sample return simulation mission set in the Utah desert, one of the most realistic "planetary exploration" settings accessible on Earth.

From the science operations centre at Western University, a science team comprising students and researchers from five Canadian universities, as well as international partner space agencies and universities, will be working with the CSA to successfully complete the mission.

On November 2, the CSA and Western University will host a media technical briefing on the mission.

Following the briefing, Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West, will tour the university's operations centre and meet with students taking part in the mission.

Media representatives are invited to attend.



November 2, 2016


9:00 a.m. (EDT)


Media technical briefing available on CSA Facebook Live

Photo-op with London West MP Kate Young: Tour of operations control room


London West MP Kate Young

Dr. Tim Haltigin

Senior Mission Scientist – Planetary Exploration

Dr. Gordon Osinski, Associate Professor & NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI

Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration

Depts. of Earth Sciences, Physics & Astronomy

Western University

Dr. Raymond Francis

Scientific Software Application Engineer

Jet Propulsion Laboratory / NASA

Elise Harrington

M.Sc. Candidate – Department of Earth Sciences             

Centre for Planetary and Science Exploration     

Western University


Physics and Astronomy Building, Room 100

Western University

1151 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3K7


Facebook:  Watch the livestream of the event here.

More information about the CSA's Mars sample return simulation mission
Technical Briefing PowerPoint presentation (will be available as of 9 a.m. on November 2) 

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SOURCE Canadian Space Agency

For further information: Canadian Space Agency, Media Relations Office, Telephone: 450-926-4370, Website:, Email:


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