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Canada joins U.S.-led moon mission

Canada’s space commitment includes $2.05 billion over 24 years for the country’s space program, something that the government says will contribute $100 million annually to Canada’s gross domestic product.

As quoted, from the article linked at the bottom:

Canada is joining a U.S.-led space mission that will see humans return to the moon — and, eventually, go on to Mars.  

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday that the federal government is investing more than $2 billion over 24 years in Canada’s space program, including taking on a role in NASA’s Lunar Gateway project. NASA hopes to launch the lunar-orbit space station, which it calls “the foundation for human exploration deeper into the solar system,” in 2021. Canada’s contribution will be a new Canadarm that will repair and maintain the Gateway…

… According to federal government figures, Canada’s space industry employs 10,000 people and generated $2.3 billion for the Canadian economy in 2017, but in recent years, Canada had slipped from eighth to 18th place in terms of investment in space as a percentage of GDP. In an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen published in December, former astronaut Dave Williams warned that failure to invest in Canada’s space program would jeopardize the country’s ability to compete in a global industry valued at $350 billion and growing.

Williams welcomed Thursday’s announcement, saying the new funding will help secure Canada’s legacy as a spacefaring nation.

The full article can be found here.