Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft:
“Human space exploration inspires the next generation to dream the impossible and is a catalyst for economic development and the advancement of scientific knowledge and new technologies that improve our lives. Today, we found out that our closest friend and partner – Canada – is going to join us on an epic adventure to the Moon and on to Mars, and we could not be more excited.
“Canada’s commitment to NASA’s Lunar Gateway Program and the announcement of its own Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program signals the beginning of a new era of U.S.-Canada space cooperation. For nearly 60 years, starting with the launch of Alouette 1 on September 29, 1962 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the U.S. and Canadian space programs have worked side-by-side in cross-border collaboration. The Lunar Gateway Program is the first step toward exploring our Solar System and beyond, uncovering worlds, stars, and cosmic mysteries near and far with commercial and international partners.
“When Administrator Bridenstine visited Ottawa in November, he told Canadians that the United States wants Canada to be involved in our return to the Moon in a big way. Canada’s expertise, including its talent in robotics and artificial intelligence will be critical as we work together to reach the next great frontier.
“Congratulations Canada and thank you for your leadership and vision!”