Sydney, Australia, Oct 13 (EFE).- Australia will build a lunar rover for a NASA mission to the Moon scheduled for 2026, the first time the country collaborates in a project of this type, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reported Wednesday.
The semi-autonomous spacecraft will collect samples of the lunar soil that contains oxides, while NASA will try, with an independent team, to extract oxygen from the surface of this Earth satellite.
These works are part of a NASA aerospace project that aims to establish human colonies on the Moon in the future and serve to support the next missions to Mars.
“It is an incredible opportunity for Australia to triumph in the global space sector,” said Morrison, adding that his government seeks to triple the space sector so that it injects more than $ 8,8 billion to the economy of your country.
The future rover will be developed by Australian companies and researchers and will have some $ 37 million of government funding, according to a statement from the Australian Prime Minister’s office.
The construction of the rover is under an agreement recently signed between Australia and NASA, within the framework of the Artemis program of the United States space agency.
The agreement to manufacture this device is supported by the Australian government Moon to Mars initiative, announced in 2019 at NASA headquarters and has funds of $ 110 million . EFE