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posted by martyb on Sunday March 03 2019, @09:31AM   Printer-friendly
from the Whatever-happened-to-the-six-million-dollar-*man*? dept.

Gateway Moon station: Canada joins Nasa space project

Canada will contribute US$1.4bn to a proposed Nasa space station that will orbit the Moon and act as a base to land astronauts on its surface.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the step would "push the boundaries of innovation".

The space station, called Gateway, is a key element in Nasa's plan to return to the Moon with humans in the 2020s.

As part of the 24-year commitment, Canada will build a next-generation robotic arm for the new lunar outpost.

"Canada is going to the Moon," Mr Trudeau told a news conference at Canadian Space Agency's headquarters near Montreal, according to AFP.

*Canada is going near the Moon.

Also at CBC and Popular Mechanics.

Previously: Russia Assembles Engineering Group for Lunar Activities and the Deep Space Gateway
China Will Focus on a Lunar Surface Station Rather than a Lunar Orbiting Station
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Could Launch Japanese and European Payloads to Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway
Head of Russian Space Agency Roscosmos Wavers on Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway
Is the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway the Right Way to the Moon?

Related: Future of U.S.-Russian Space Cooperation in Doubt
ESA Plans to Send Mining Equipment to the Moon

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday March 03 2019, @09:47AM (5 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 03 2019, @09:47AM (#809365) Journal

    Well, hell, it's going to cost that much to haul a Canadian polar bear up there, with enough food to keep him healthy.

    Whoops, my mistake. Need enough food the keep HER healthy, and her cubs when she gives birth. Canada is looking for the "First female to give birth in space" headline. The following TV season, we'll be inundated with broadcasts from the north. "Cubs in Space!"

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  • (Score: 2, Offtopic) by realDonaldTrump on Sunday March 03 2019, @10:52AM

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Sunday March 03 2019, @10:52AM (#809378) Homepage Journal

    Justin has a Cabinet full of women. And men. He did half and half. Because he likes it that way. He likes both. And that's O.K. Let me tell you, I'm breaking the glass ceiling on behalf of women. In space, the Universe and the everywhere else. Russia, many years ago, sent a woman to space. They sent their best -- Valentina. But, she wasn't a soldier. We're sending our great, and very brave soldiers. True WAR fighters -- true warriors. Space Force. I'm working as hard as I can to get that one started. It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space. America First!!!!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 04 2019, @12:17AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 04 2019, @12:17AM (#809618)

    Trudeau would happily pay $1.4 billion to send his former attorney-general to space. She fucked him real good!

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday March 04 2019, @12:33AM (2 children)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 04 2019, @12:33AM (#809624) Journal

      That will work too. Can you get her pregnant in time for launch? Do the math, now - we want her at about 8 months at liftoff!

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 04 2019, @01:22AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 04 2019, @01:22AM (#809641)

        If you've seen her picture, you'll know the answer is no. She's half Indian, half buffalo.