The first astronaut from Canada to go to the moon, and the state is currently celebrating this. A new chapter opened for Canadian citizens because yet no Canadian went on the lunar surface.
Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen is also included in the crew of the Artemis 2 which was announced last week on April 3. It will be Hansen’s first space flight, and he will be the first non-American personality to travel on this mission, which will be flown in late 2024.
State confirms its citizen seat on Artemis 2 for the lunar gateway, from NASA in 2020 exchanged with Canadarm3 robotic arm system of Gateway.
“It is not lost on any of us that the United States could choose to go back to the moon by themselves,” Hansen said during a ceremony with the other members of the crew for Artemis. “All of Canada is grateful for that global mindset and that leadership.”
Hasen gets the opportunity to fly on a mission so that every Canadian can understand internal relations value, “Thousands of Canadians have risen to that challenge to bring real value to that international partnership.”
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Canada’s Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne also highlights the partnership at the event. “This is more than just about going back to the moon,” he said. “This is about investing in the future.”
“What’s most amazing for us is that Canada has a seat at the table,” he said during an interview. “This time we’re not going to watch history, we’re going to write history.”
For a long time, Canada was looking for a seat, and according to the Canadian federal budget which was released on March 28, 2023, nearly $1.2 billion ($900 million) spend over the last 13 years for the 2024 mission, develop a “lunar utility vehicle” to create a helping hand to human exploration of the moon.
“Looking forward, humanity is returning to the moon,” the government stated during the budget announcement. “Canada intends to join these efforts by contributing a robotic lunar utility vehicle to perform key activities in support of human lunar exploration.”
Canadensys Aerospace congratulates the Government of Canada and the Canadian Space Agency for their $1.2B commitment for a new robotic lunar utility vehicle program. This investment will ensure Canadian space industry remains globally competitive. See more https://t.co/zzEFhl3uQw pic.twitter.com/d2jYT3dr2B
— Canadensys Aerospace (@Canadensys1) March 29, 2023
With the Canadian Space Agency, the government of Canada opened several facts about vehicles. Each Canadian welcomed the government’s decision.
“The $1.2 billion investment towards a Canadian lunar utility vehicle sends a loud and important signal to the global commercial and government space community that Canada is open for business and intends to aggressively compete to secure our share of this advanced tech innovation market and the high-quality jobs it will create,” Mike Greenley, chief executive of MDA, said.
People start expecting that it was the vehicle for which Canada demand a seat from NASA in the members of the Artemis 2 mission. After that, The European Space Agency also developed a cargo lunar lander known as Argonaut to exchange another seat from NASA in the Artemis mission.
Along with hardworking @csa_asc & @NASA folks who made this mission assignment possible, I extend a heartfelt thank you to my family for their unwavering support.
Family provides the foundation for a mission of this magnitude, and I’m grateful to mine. pic.twitter.com/epS1ppxuT7
— Jeremy R. Hansen (@Astro_Jeremy) April 6, 2023
“We’re going to design, build and operate these rovers on the moon, and I can think of a number of dividends for Canadian companies” for doing so, he said.
“I think we have a privileged seat at the table with NASA,” he said. “Thanks to the work of the agency, we have inserted ourselves into the strategic supply chain and I think it bodes well for the future.”
So Canada is celebrating now, as they are going to contribute to space travel people, non-Americans. To get more news like this you can follow us on our Twitter handle.