Canada to join NASA-led moon exploration

Mindy Sparks
March 3, 2019

Going forward to the Moon, we're making progress on a Gateway lunar outpost where astronauts can live and work in orbit and from which we can go to the lunar surface, again and again.

The U.S. agency, NASA, which oversaw six moon landings that began on July 20, 1969 and ended in 1972, is creating something called the Lunar Gateway project. Canada's made a 24 year commitment to the project and "to deep space exploration and collaboration".

Trudeau said Canada will develop and contribute a smart robotic system - Canadarm3 - that will fix and maintain the gateway, adding the Canadian partnership in the Lunar Gateway will be part of a new Canadian space strategy.

This investment is said to create hundreds of good, well-paying jobs over the next 10 years - from scientists and engineers to technicians and computer programmers - and will contribute $100 million annually to Canada's GDP. "With the Lunar Gateway, Canada will play a major role in one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken".

Canada's friendship throughout the Space Age, and our longstanding partnership aboard the International Space Station have brought our two nations many benefits.

He got a first-hand look at some of the technology while touring the agency with daughter Ella-Grace, manipulating a camera fixed to the space station and testing out a rover in an agency lab. Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is now aboard ISS.

For its part, the United States space agency, NASA, has already planned the construction of the Lunar Gateway and started looking for worldwide partners to support its building process.

An external robotic arm with artificial intelligence capabilities is one of the elements that NASA has already identified as a possible Canadian contribution. "Thanks to this investment, our Canadian astronauts will have access to new space missions, inspiring generations to come", said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

According to the Canadian Space Agency, Gateway will provide living space for astronauts, a docking station for visiting spacecraft and research laboratories. It's part of a bold directive from the President for the lead a worldwide endeavor to open a new era of space exploration in a measured, sustainable way. He said the arrangement still has to be negotiated, but he expects it will be similar to the agreement governing the space station.

Leclerc said it's an exciting time in space - particularly with commercial human space flight on the horizon.

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