Ambitious space plan could mean Canuck moonwalker
An ambitious plan developed by a group of 14 space agencies could see Canada send its first astronaut to the moon.
The space agencies, including Canada's, hope to eventually send humans to Mars -- and their plan includes setting up a lunar base as a staging post.
Jean-Claude Piedboeuf -- the Canadian Space Agency's director of space-exploration development -- says astronauts could be moon-bound within about 15 years.
And he says the C-S-A is proposing that a Canadian astronaut be included in the mission to operate a Canadian-built rover.
Piedboeuf notes that Canada has continued to develop rovers and landers for use on the moon and Mars.
The last manned mission to the moon was in 1972, when NASA astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt spent 75 hours there.