The Canadian Space Agency's Fleet of Rovers

Space missions to the Moon, Mars or an asteroid can take years from drawing board to launch pad. And once a spacecraft arrives at its distant destination, the technology absolutely has to work.

Space projects typically go through a series of testing, tweaking and design before the technology leaves Earth. In order to prepare Canada for the next steps in the international exploration of space, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has worked in collaboration with over 40 Canadian companies and universities to build a team of terrestrial rovers—the grandparents of the robots that may one day explore the surface of new worlds, acting as eyes and ears for scientists, or even working hand-in-hand with astronauts as robotic helpers.