In March 2021, The Planetary Society launched a set of suggestions for the way forward for Canada’s area program. Planetary Society members throughout Canada echoed this message in an open name for public enter from the Canadian Area Company (CSA).
Our total message was to urge the CSA to prioritize planetary science because it made plans for Canada’s future in area.
This message was heard; in Might 2021 the CSA introduced a collection of latest investments in area science and exploration, together with a Canadian-led lunar rover mission.
The lunar rover will probably be inbuilt Canada and can carry at the least two science devices, Canadian and American. The mission will gather imagery and knowledge from the floor of the Moon and can intention to endure a whole lunar evening—about 14 Earth days of darkness and excessive chilly.
This would be the first Canadian-led mission to a different planetary physique. It’s a enormous step for creating and proving Canadian capabilities in planetary science and exploration, and for establishing a extra strong area exploration ecosystem in Canada.
The CSA additionally introduced investments in its Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program, funding a number of Canadian firms to develop and launch lunar exploration applied sciences together with a man-made intelligence flight laptop, panoramic cameras, and a planetary navigation system. On prime of this, the CSA introduced new funding for lunar science at a number of Canadian universities.
Together with the announcement of those new investments, we additionally noticed the Home of Commons set up a Standing Committee on Science and Analysis, one thing that may little doubt assist the Canadian area program attain even greater.
These advances that we’re seeing right this moment wouldn’t be attainable with out the help of Canadians who consider within the worth of exploration. The Planetary Society will proceed to empower our members all over the world to advocate for area science and exploration.