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Canada joins NASA-led moon mission, dubbed ‘Lunar Gateway’

‘Canada is going to the moon,’ Trudeau announces Canada’s part in NASA-led moon mission
watch: Trudeau announces Canada's part in NASA-led moon mission

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada will be “going to the moon” as a partner in a NASA-led project.

NASA is embarking on the creation of its new Lunar Gateway, a space station it plans to send into orbit around the moon starting in 2022.

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The plan calls for a sustainable lunar architecture that would allow people and equipment to go back and forth to the moon regularly, NASA says.

It is also described as a first step toward deeper space exploration, including a mission to Mars.

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Trudeau said Thursday at the Canadian Space Agency that the partnership in the Lunar Gateway will be part of a new space strategy that will see the federal government invest $2.05 billion over 24 years.

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He said the investment will create hundreds of well-paying jobs and contribute $100 million annually to Canada’s gross domestic product.