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Canada Eyes Front-Row Seat in Mars Program

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Science  08 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5523, pp. 1813-1814
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5523.1813a

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BOSTON-- Canadian space officials are asking scientists to help them plan a Mars mission so outstanding that it can overcome tight budgets and leapfrog other research priorities to win government funding. As a first step in that campaign, some 120 researchers met late last month in Montreal to kick around ideas ranging from drilling beneath the martian surface to returning samples from one of its moons.