Mexico to Send Latin America’s First Payload to the Moon

posted: 06/15/15
by: Danny Clemens
Moon over Mexico

The Mexican Space Agency (AEM) has inked a deal to send the first payload from a Latin American nation to the surface to the Moon.

"Mexico and other Latin American countries want to participate more and more in the great missions of humankind in the space age, even in a modest, even in a gradual way, that will provide us with knowledge and technology that will be used for other Mexican and Latin American needs," Francisco Javier Mendieta Jimenez, AEM General Director, said in a news release.

Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology Inc. will deliver a rover to the lunar surface, which will carry a toaster-sized parcel containing Mexican scientific equipment.

"Opening access to the Moon is precisely at the core of Astrobotic's mission," remarked Astrobotic CEO John Thornton. "We are proud to be partnered with our friends in Mexico."

The burgeoning agency also recently announced a partnership with the Italian Space Agency. The two nations will come together to execute "high-level science and technology" investigations pertaining to space.

The July 2010 establishment of the Mexican Space Agency marked the Mexican government's first official foray into space research in three decades: the National Commission of Outer Space was officially dissolved in 1977. In the absence of an official space agency, sporadic space experiments were funded independently by government offices, higher education institutions and commercial companies.

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