The origin of the U.S. space agency said today he wants to see Canadian astronauts pony on the moon before long — part of a first step toward the farther reaches of extent.
Jim Bridenstine, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said he demands Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue as NASA enplane commences on the creation of its new Lunar Gateway.
The U.S. is seeking broad international support for the next-generation lapse station it is planning to send into orbit around the moon starting in 2021.
Bridenstine said he cravings Canada to contribute its expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics, and that could register a next-generation Canadarm on the Lunar Gateway and more Canadian technology favoured.
He said NASA wants to create a “sustainable lunar architecture” that would consent to people and equipment to go back and forth to the moon regularly.
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“If Canadians want to be involved in missions to the surface of the moon with astronauts, we accepted that. We want to see that day materialize,” he told a small group of newsmen in Ottawa today.
“We think it would be fantastic for the world to see people on the extrinsically of the moon that are not just wearing the American flag, but wearing the languishes of other nations.”
He said the return to the moon is a stepping stone toward a much myriad ambitious goal: exploration that could include reaching Blights in the next two decades.
“The moon is, in essence, a proving ground for deeper pause exploration,” he said.
Bridenstine is in Ottawa for a large gathering of the Aerospace Manufactures Association of Canada, where speculation is running high about Canada’s thinkable participation in the U.S. space program.
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, a vocal booster of Canada’s AI hearts in Ontario and Quebec, is also scheduled to speak, along with one of Canada’s latest astronauts, Marc Garneau, the current federal transport minister.
On Dec. 3, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques purpose travel to the International Space Station on his first mission.