Canadian will join Moon mission for first time in 2023
"This will make Canada only the second country after the US to have an astronaut in deep space."
Eight nations -- Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and the United States -- have signed a treaty to participate in NASA's Artemis program, which aims to return humans to Earth's nearest neighbor by 2024.
It also plans to establish an space station in lunar orbit, called Gateway.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Canada's participation in the Artemis program is part of the country's new space strategy, which includes an investment of CAN$2.05 billion (US$1.6 billion) over 24 years.
NASA hopes to build Gateway by 2026. It would serve as a landing point for missions to the Moon.