National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

April 17, 2007 20:10 ET

Media Advisory/National Research Council Canada: Out of This World...

NRC invites students to explore astronomy and to create Marsville

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 17, 2007) - Approximately 300 grade six to grade eight students from the Victoria area are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime - Marsville! This National Research Council Canada (NRC) Canada-wide program takes students through the steps of planning the first habitation on Mars, including developing the various life-support systems that would be required to sustain a new city on the Red Planet. Student teams have been preparing for this adventure since January, studying astronomy and space science, as well as the unique attributes of Mars. They've designed their own mission patches and have been sharing ideas and best practices with other Canadian students on an innovative Marsville Blog (

On Friday, in locations across the country, including Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Vancouver and Whitehorse student teams will celebrate the success of their mission by coming together to build their own Mars habitat - a community of inflated plastic pods sustained by the life support systems they have created.

Date: Friday, April 20

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (i) best photo op from 11:00
to 2:00 p.m.

Place: Centre of the Universe
NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
5071 West Saanich Road, Victoria

For more information on this project and a list of all Marsville locations across Canada, please visit NRC Student Science and Tech at

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