Mars, the Fascinating Red Planet

It is thought that Mars, our nearest planetary neighbour, will supply a number of answers to the questions we still have about the formation of the solar system, the Earth, and possibly the origins of life. Any conclusive evidence we may find of the presence of life elsewhere in the universe will have very great scientific and social consequences.



Canada and ExoMars

Canada and ExoMars

Credits: ESA, ATG medialab

The first of two European-led missions (ExoMars) arrives at Mars on October 19, 2016!


Planet Mars in numbers - Infographic

Planet Mars in numbers - Infographic

Text description of image of the infographic Planet Mars in numbers

Credit: Canadian Space Agency

Proton-M rocket

ExoMars 2016 lifted off on a Proton-M rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on March 14, 2016. (Credit: ESA/Stéphane Corvaja, 2016)


Liftoff! The European Space Agency's ExoMars 2016 launched on March 14, 2016 and will reach Mars in October 2016.

The orbiter carries Canadian technology — a communication antenna subsystem built by MDA funded through a Canadian contribution under the Canada–ESA Cooperation Agreement.

The Canadian Space Agency is also funding two Canadian scientists. Dr. Livio Tornabene (Western University) will study Martian impact craters and Dr. Ed Cloutis (University of Winnipeg)‎ will investigate the composition of dust in the Martian atmosphere.