Canada Joins the USA on the Lunar Gateway Project
The Canadian Government has announced they will be part of the upcoming Lunar Gateway space station which the US and other countries plan on building around the Moon.
During a press event on Thursday morning, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada has committed to participating in the Lunar Gateway project. Canada will contribute $2.05 Billion over a 24-year time span for this project and will even develop a new version of the famous Canadarm, called Canadarm 3, for the station.
The Lunar Gateway construction is expected to begin in 2022 when NASA launches the first of many sections of the station into lunar orbit. The overall size of the station will be much smaller than the current International Space Station. Lunar Gateway will be able to accommodate up to 4 astronauts at a time, for between 30 to 90 days at a time.
Lunar Gateway is designed to orbit the moon from North to the South Pole and in the future will be the main base for astronauts travelling from earth before heading down to the surface of the moon, or onto Mars.