Even the robots below go to the moon.
Australia has launched its first mission to the moon, investing $ 50 million to build a working lunar rover as part of NASA’s Artemis project, according to recent publication on the national website.
While NASA will eventually fly the rover to the moon, it may touch as early as 2026.
Australia’s ambition to expand its space industry
Australia’s most advanced researchers will work with businesses to develop the upcoming $ 50 million rover to support the country’s Moon-to-Mars initiative. The rover itself will be semi-autonomous and will collect soil samples from the moon’s surface, looking for oxides. Using separate equipment, NASA will use the Australian rover to extract oxygen from the lunar soil. This is a crucial step towards building a sustainable human presence on the moon, while providing the infrastructure needed to support upcoming missions to Mars.
In other words, Australia is doing more than just going to the moon – it is giving a hand to the international ambition to put people on Mars.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the moon’s mission would also help the country’s economy in the background the COVID-19 crisis, creating more jobs and hiring people in need. “This is an incredible opportunity for Australia to succeed in the global space sector and is essential to our government’s vision to provide more jobs and a larger share of the growing space economy,” he said in a statement from the Australian government. “By 2030, we want to triple the size of our space sector – adding $ 12 billion to our economy and creating up to 20,000 new high-skilled jobs – providing more opportunities for Australians and industries. Our government has invested more than $ 700 million in the sector. of the Civil Space from July 2018, supporting key industries, including manufacturing, robotics, machine building, mining and resources. “
Australia’s lunar rover could reach the lunar surface by 2026.
Morrison also said his government had invested more than $ 700 million in the space industry from July 2018 and believes that they support others such as robotics, mining, robotics, production and resource extraction. “This mission to the moon is just an exciting way to create opportunities and jobs for the future, and our government will ensure that Australians benefit.” Science and Technology Minister Melissa Price believes the the rover will herald a new day for Australia’s space economy. “This will build the capabilities and capacity of the Australian space sector and show Australia’s strengths to the world, as well as inspire a whole new generation of young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” she said.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson praised the new deal and highlighted Australia’s historic role in space exploration, which extends to the Apollo program. “Working with the Australian Space Agency and our partners around the world, NASA will uncover more discoveries and conduct more research through the Artemis program,” he said in a statement. Of course, NASA will fly the rover to the moon, but may land in 2026, if any there are no obstacles in the flow of development.