Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Space Agency

July 09, 2009 10:05 ET

Media Advisory/A Deep Dive Towards the Moon and Mars: The Pavilion Lake Research Project 2009

PAVILION LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 9, 2009) - NASA and the Canadian Space Agency invite media representatives to meet the international, multidisciplinary Pavilion Lake science team on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 as they conduct research to determine the origin of the rare freshwater microbialites that thrive in Pavilion Lake, British Columbia.

By using a combination of remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, SCUBA divers and DeepWorker submersibles, the Pavilion Lake Research Project is blending cutting-edge science and technology to advance our knowledge of astrobiology and to help us learn how to explore with humans on the Moon and Mars.

NASA Ames Research Center and the University of British Columbia established the Pavilion Lake Research Project in 2004. In addition to the SETI Institute (Mountain View, California), the project is led by the University of British Columbia and McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and aims to support continuous, multi-disciplinary, international science and exploration efforts to better understand the development, extent, and preservation of Pavilion Lake's bacterial structures.

Due to the logistical and safety arrangements required for on-site visitors, reporters must register on or before July 13th by submitting a request via the Web at

A BC Parks Permit is required for filming at Pavilion Lake and can be obtained by contacting Rob Enns at

The Pavilion Lake Media Kit, containing detailed information about travel, parking, and logistics on site can be downloaded at the following address:

WHEN: Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT

WHERE: Pavilion Lake, British Columbia
Location details and travel information available through PLRP

Contact Information

  • Canadian Space Agency
    Julie Simard
    Media Relations
    University of British Columbia
    Public Affairs Office
    Brian Lin
    Senior Communications Co-ordinator
    604-822-2234 / Cell: 604-818-5685
    Nuytco Research
    North Vancouver, B.C.
    Virginia Cowell
    604-980-6236 (FAX)
    NASA Ames Research Center
    Rachel Prucey
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Cell: 650-930-6149
    McMaster University
    Michelle Donovan
    Public Relations Manager, Broadcast Media
    905-525-9140 ext 22869
    University of Calgary
    Leanne Yohemas
    Senior Communications Manager