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Canada Will Contribute to the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway

Accepted submission by takyon at 2019-03-03 01:55:39

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 [].

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Head of Russian Space Agency Roscosmos Wavers on Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway []
Is the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway the Right Way to the Moon? []

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