NASA’s another space station called The Lunar Gateway, which is going to orbit the moon is an integral part of the agency’s forthcoming Artemis Program. The agency has informed that it will be equipped with external robotics from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). This decision has come after the two space agencies have joined hands on developing a lunar space station the Lunar Gateway. NASA’s much anticipated Artemis Program plans to land a woman on the moon by 2024. This is the first program, which aims to land astronauts on the moon in half a century. The CSA has been planning to develop a next-generation robotic arm, which has been named Canadarm3. This device will be able to arrive at many parts of the exteriors of the Lunar Gateway helping astronauts to make repairs quite easily. The officials of NASA have said that one of the Canadian astronauts as well will be sent to fly around the moon, which is a part of the agreement of two space agencies.
The Canadian astronaut will take part in NASA’s designed Artemis II mission as well. The CSA has confirmed its seat on a future spacecraft to the Gateway once it is achieved. Canada will become the second nation to send an astronaut to fly around the natural satellite (moon) after joining NASA’s Artemis II mission. At present, Canada has only four active astronauts. The CSA has not declared who will be joining in Artemis II mission. As per the report, Artemis I is an uncrewed experiment carried out by NASA’s new rocket, which is known as The Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion capsule. Artemis II will be the first crewed flight of the system. Astronauts onboard will check the systems of the spacecraft on a 10-day mission. This mission will take them 4600 miles past the far side of the moon. Astronauts will land on the moon during the Artemis III mission.
Canadarm3 is an autonomous robotic system with multiple arms and removable tools. It can identify visiting vehicles and reposition components of the Lunar Gateway as it orbits the moon. Developing and sustaining the Lunar Gateway is an integral part of NASA’s plan to build long-term traction on the moon. Astronomers have said that the Lunar Gateway has been planned as a research station and halt station for long-term deep space and the moon missions. The US space agency has been struggling with budget issues in developing the SLS. NASA has been dealing with a component failure of the Orion capsule as well. However, the agency has planned to launch Artemis I in November 2021. Whereas Artemis II mission along with the Canadian crew will be launched in 2023. Well, only time will tell whether NASA’s much ambitious aim of landing people on the moon by 2024 will be successful.