Australia to build 20kg rover to head to moon in joint mission with Nasa

Expertise in mining sector expected to aid development of rover which will collect lunar soil to help establish human presence on moon

Australia has signed a deal with Nasa to send an Australian-built rover to the moon, supporting a mission to collect lunar soil and examine how its oxygen could support human life in space.

The $50m project will be supported by the federal government’s Moon to Mars program, with the rover to be launched as early as 2026, provided it meets a range of Nasa’s conditions during development.

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