Canadian technology a part of Curiosity, NASA's Mars-bound rover

by Techvibes NewsDesk

NASA will be launching Curiosity, a minivan-sized rover, into space in less than one month.

Curiosity's target is Mars, and its mission is to seek evidence that the planet once possessed conditions necessary to support life. To accomplish this, the rover will use a Canadian-made sensor.

The sensor is called an Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer. It was developed by Dr. Ralf Gellert from the University of Guelph. The spectrometre is designed to measure the presence of chemical elements in rock and soil.

Alain Berinstain, director of planetary exploration at the Canadian Space Agency, believes that we are "pushing the limits of technology" in this flight to Mars.

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