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Building on a lunar legacy: Canadian astronauts look towards a new chapter of Moon exploration

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Building on a lunar legacy: Canadian astronauts look towards a new chapter of Moon exploration

2019-07-12 - Fifty years ago, Canadian expertise made humanity’s first steps on the Moon possible. Now, Canadian astronauts reflect on that incredible lunar legacy, and look ahead to a future when Canadian astronauts could one day participate in a Moon mission.

(Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA, Héroux-Devtek)

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Joshua Kutryk: We have such a proud and a deep history of human space exploration for Canada up to this point.

Chris Hadfield: Right from the very beginning, in the effort to get to the Moon, the United States was counting on Canada: the technology, the people that were involved…

Dave Williams: When we had humans walk on the Moon in 1969, the message was not so much that we set foot on the Moon – we set eyes on the Earth.

David Saint-Jacques: When I was a young child, I saw one of those photos of the Earth seen from the Moon. And it really struck me as an example of adventure in the 20th century.

Jeremy Hansen: I can’t recall a period in my life when I didn’t want to be an astronaut. For as long as I can remember, I was fascinated by space exploration.

Jenni Sidey-Gibbons: To go to the Moon would be incredible, to represent Canada in that way.

Joshua Kutryk: Just the thought of the day when we might see a Canadian flag on the Moon, is something that excites me like nothing else. That day is coming, and I think that it’s very exciting for me to think about that.

Chris Hadfield: This is important, this is interesting, and this is possible.

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