Tories unveil plan to boost space program

Industry Minister James Moore. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Industry Minister James Moore. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:59 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada plans to play a major role in exploring strange new worlds, Industry Minister James Moore says.

"Whether it's to the moon in the future, or Mars in the future...I think it would be impossible to think of a future mission that wouldn't have a significant contribution from Canada," Moore said Friday as he unveiled the government's new Space Policy Framework.

The new policy features several commitments, including support for Canada's space industry and international partnerships on major space projects, as well as promotion of Canada's specialization in space robotics.


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