National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

April 18, 2007 12:00 ET

Media Advisory: Out of This World... NRC Invites Students to Explore Astronomy and to Create Marsville

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 18, 2007) - Approximately 300 grade six to grade eight students from the National Capital Region 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, Whitehorse, Vancouver and Victoria 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: Canada Science and Technology Museum (Auditorium)
1867 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa

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

Contact Information

  • National Research Council Canada
    Liz Fauteux
    NRC Media Relations
    613-949-8153 or Cell: 613-614-4415
    Canada Science and Technology Museum
    Martine Carriere
    Media Relations
    613-949-5732 or Cell: 613-296-6312