CPSXMSL is part of the NSERC CREATE project Technologies and Techniques for Earth and Space Exploration, led by the Centre for Planetary and Space Exploration (CPSX) and Western University.  Within this program, engineers and scientists train and work side-by-side, and unique opportunities for sharing expertise within and among institutions are provided by means of short courses, interdisciplinary co-supervision of students, web conferencing software, internships, annual meetings and the CSA analogue deployment program.  The project’s goal is to prepare Canadian trainees to enter the fields of planetary science, robotics engineering, economic geology and instrumentation development by taking advantage of unique resources and expertise found in Canada and around the world.