Who says that only the US can explore space efficiently? The notoriety of NASA is undeniable, but other countries besides US also have been doing some amazing and truly out of this world stuff during space explorations. Now it’s Australia’s turn to shine since Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his nation’s intention to join the United States’ Moon to Mars exploration.
The big and exciting announcement took place last Saturday at a ceremony from NASA Headquarters in Washington, where NASA Deputy Administrator, Jim Morhard, and Head of the Australian Space Agency, Megan Clark, signed a joint statement of intent. There were also other resounding names at the ceremony, including Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Australian Ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey and U.S. Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse Jr.
The agreement takes into account Australian involvements in fields like automation, robotics, and remote asset management. Also, Prime Minister Morrison pledged to more than triple the Australian Space Agency budget to support Artemis lunar programme and Moon to Mars.
“We are honoured by today’s statement and the commitment of our friends from Australia to support us in our mission to return to the Moon by 2024 with the Artemis programme,” Morhard said. “The strong relationship between NASA and the Australian Space Agency affirms NASA’s commitment to establish sustainable exploration with our commercial and international partners by 2028.”
The Australian Space Agency is only a little more than a year old, but Australia has a long tradition of working closely with the U.S. in space missions, dating back since the Apollo era.
Any kind of help NASA can receive in achieving its missions is great, since there’s a lot of hope regarding that one day humanity will lay foot on Mars and start colonizing our neighboring planet. But before that glorious moment, any progress in space exploration is beneficial for all of us, since it may only lead to more significant achievements.