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First Canadian astronaut will be flying to the moon after historic agreement

First Canadian astronaut will be flying to the moon after historic agreement”

NASA selected 18 astronauts with a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise, and experience to form the Artemis Team and help pave the way for the next astronaut missions on and around the Moon.

It also plans to establish a space station in lunar orbit, called Gateway.

"All eyes will look to the sky as one of our astronauts becomes the first Canadian to travel around the moon", Bains said during the announcement. Canadian-built space robotics for the Gateway are estimated to contribute up to $135 million annually to Canada's GDP and create and maintain some 1,300 high-quality jobs for Canadians over an estimated 10-year build period, according to a federal government statement issued on Wednesday. It will also be the first time a Canadian, or any non-American, has ventured into deep space. "And so you're driving the next generation".

Bains spoke of the Apollo 8 mission and the famous photograph of the Earth seen from lunar orbit.

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Hundreds of Canadian companies are expected to be involved in the development of Canadarm3 for the Lunar Gateway, working with the prime contractor MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates. It will be the first crewed mission to the moon since 1972.

As NASA prepares to return astronauts to the lunar surface, Simon Fraser University is on board to make ensure there is good cellular and Wi-Fi service on the moon.

"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". Bains suggested the president's imminent departure from the White House next month after losing the November election to Joe Biden does not threaten the program. "But so far, all signals have been positive and we've heard nothing to the contrary. And I believe it's bipartisan". It will not include a moon landing. "As a Canadian, that fills me with pride".



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