The view from the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover toward the lower reaches of Mount Sharp on Mars.
Prof. Catherine Johnson, a geophysicist from the University of British Columbia, is part of the InSight project which will deploy instruments on the Red Planet and drill down to discover more about its core.
"We've all been captivated by the Mars Rover's stunning images of the surface of Mars, and this is our chance to peer into the 'hidden' processes that shaped that landscape," Johnson, the only Canadian on the mission's scientific team, said in a statement.
The project was selected as part of NASA's Discovery Program that welcomed submissions from the international science community.
"The exploration of Mars is a top priority for NASA, and the selection of InSight ensures we will continue to unlock the mysteries of the Red Planet and lay the groundwork for a future human mission there," NASA administrator Charles Bolden said.