Australia has signed an agreement with NASA to develop a small rover that will be able to pick up lunar rocks and dust and bring them back to the lunar lander operated by NASA.
The agreement includes a capital contribution of 50 million Australian dollars (37 million U.S. dollars), is part of Australia’s Moon-to-Mars program.
“This is Australia’s lunar history. We will see Australian companies, Researchers, design and build a rover that will go to the moon and do some interesting science,” Australian Space Agency Director Enrico Palermo told Australia’s “Today” breakfast TV program.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said that the agreement with Australia expands the alliance of nations that support the return of mankind to the moon.
Artemis relies on international and commercial partnerships to create a sustainable and lasting human presence on and around the moon, with the goal of ultimately using Artemis landed the first humans on Mars.