As part of a partnership between the two space agencies, Australia will build a climber for a 2026 lunar mission. The astronaut is part of Australia's participation in NASA-led Artemis exploration program. Check there by NASA's on-site testing unit (ISRU). The ISRU will then try to extract oxygen from the iron and silicon oxide compounds in the rock bed.>
The climber is part of Australia's Trailblazer program, which was announced in 2019 under the government program "Moon to Mars". The Australian Government will spend A $ 150 million (US $ 110 million) on the project over five years, using technologies that Australia specializes in, such as mining and robotic operations to explore the moon.
According to the Australian Space Agency, an industry-led consortium of Australian businesses and research organizations is launching a project called the Foundation Services Rover. The project will provide services that will form the basis of permanent human stations in the future. Announced participation in the Artemis program. Australia was also one of the first countries to sign the Artemis Agreement in 2020. Australian officials see the space industry, and especially lunar exploration, as an opportunity for economic growth and its role on the world stage.
"This is an incredible opportunity for Australia," said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. "It's a goal to succeed in the international space sector, and one of our main goals is to create more jobs in space and have a greater share in this growing economic space."
"Bill Nelson" Director "This agreement strengthens the long-standing relationship between the United States and Australia in space exploration, which dates back more than half a century to the Apollo program," NASA said in a statement. Australia welcomes but emphasizes that this robotic mission will not be used as the main ISRU cargo option in the future level mission. ISRU has its own tools for collecting rubble, so the Australian astronaut offers a second way of collecting specimens, increasing the overall chances of this technology display mission.
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Source: Space News