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Canada is designing a rover for Moon exploration

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Canada is designing a rover for Moon exploration

2021-11-10 – The Canadian Space Agency is preparing for a Canadian rover to explore a polar region of the Moon within the next five years. Two Canadian companies, MDA and Canadensys, have been selected to design lunar rover concepts.

The mission will demonstrate key technologies and accomplish meaningful science. The rover will carry at least two science instruments. Its mission will aim to gather imagery, measurements, and data on the surface of the Moon, as well as to have the rover survive an entire night on the Moon. Lunar nights, which last about 14 Earth days, are extremely cold and dark, posing a significant technological challenge.

(Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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Canada is going to the Moon

We’ve selected two rover concepts

designed by Canadian companies

MDA and Canadensys

to survive the lunar night

Up to two weeks of constant darkness and bitter cold

A mission at the Moon’s south pole

over rough, dusty terrain

testing key technologies

mobility and navigation

communications

thermal management

Using science instruments

to explore the Moon

and find water ice

locating the hydrogen and oxygen

that will propel us to Mars

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