First Canadian astronaut will be flying to the moon after historic agreement | News
16 December, 2020, 23:43
So, today was a fitting day for the Canadian Space Agency to make a major announcement about our nation's contribution to the Artemis program - the next attempt to send humans to the Moon.
A Canadian will be going to the moon for the very first time following a historic agreement as part of the Artemis II mission that is planned to launch in 2023.
Gateway will be an outpost orbiting the Moon that will provide support for what NASA calls, "a sustainable, long-term return of astronauts to the lunar surface" as part of the Artemis program.
"As Canada joins the US and other worldwide partners in this great adventure, our continued leadership in space robotics will be a source of national pride - and all eyes will look to the sky as one of our astronauts becomes the first Canadian to travel around the Moon".
"Space flight and our mission kind of presses on, and we have to adapt and be able to train and prepare safely", she said.
Earlier in December, the federal government committed $22.8-million to the first phase of a new robotic Canadarm that will be used for the moon station. "We will see benefits across the country in different regions for years to come, this is an investment in Canadians".
"And then the astronauts' flights are highly, highly motivational for the rest of the country", he added.
"It's worth pointing out here that this will be, I think, the farthest and fastest that any human in the history of our species has ever gone", he said.
A central part of that is the Lunar Gateway. While Artemis I will be an uncrewed test flight, scheduled for sometime in 2022, Artemis II will be the first crewed flight in 2023.
Exactly who will get to fly past the moon has yet to be determined.
"One of the things that's really important to us as an astronaut corps is the word 'team, ' and that we take on these big challenges together. and it doesn't turn into a competitive process, but turns into a process of us lifting each other up all the way". One of the four will be making a trip around the moon. It would serve as a landing point for missions to the Moon.
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