Canada will send astronaut around the moon in deal with U.S.

Katie Ramirez
December 16, 2020

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced Wednesday that for the first time a Canadian astronaut will fly around the moon in 2023.

SFU's PolyLAB for Advanced Collaborative Networking is working to help make LTE/4G and Wi-Fi communications systems on the moon a reality by 2022.

Artemis II, the first crewed flight, will be very similar to the Apollo 8 mission in 1968. That was followed by the first landing the following year.

On Wednesday morning, it was announced that one Canadian astronaut will have an integral part in NASA's first crewed flight to the Moon in almost 50 years.

"It's been clearly demonstrated that the motivation of youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math and STEM professions has been inspired by astronauts in the space program, is high".

About one-sixth the size of the International Space Station, Gateway will function as a way station. The moon is 1,000 times farther out.

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"With today's announcement, I think of the Apollo 8 image".

Lab director Stephen Braham says "it sounds like far-out stuff, building networks on the moon, Mars, and even further out", but he says they are now testing Nokia's technology at Harbour Centre.

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

Canada is one of eight countries - including Australia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States - who have signed a treaty to participate in NASA's Artemis programme, which aims to return humans to Earth's nearest neighbour by 2024.

"Space flight and our mission kind of presses on, and we have to adapt and be able to train and prepare safely", she said.

"The potential for scientific discovery on the moon with the Lunar Gateway is really exciting", said Sidey-Gibbons. "The Apollo program was an wonderful program that facilitated some incredible science, and we learned a lot about our own planet and our own moon, but we were limited in the sites that we could visit". "This will be the farthest and fastest that any human in the history of our species has ever gone". "Canada is fortunate to have a strong corps of highly trained professional astronauts, any one of whom would be an excellent choice". It can also serve as a springboard to even more distant destinations. "Those are our goals".

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