THE UK is joining Nasa’s programme to land the first woman on the Moon.
Businesses across Britain will be involved in designing and building parts of a planned lunar space station.
It will be the first manned lunar landing since 1972 — and Artemis also aims to achieve a sustainable presence there as a stepping stone to the first human mission to Mars.
The Lunar Gateway space station will orbit the Moon as a communication hub and science laboratory.
It will also have a module for short-term habitation.
The UK has committed £16million for the first phase of its design.
Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: “The prospect of the first woman landing on the Moon in the coming years will be a source of inspiration for thousands of young people across the UK who may be considering a career in space or science.”
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The UK Space Agency hailed Britain’s “key role in this mission”, which will create economic benefits and skilled jobs.
Other nations involved include Australia, Italy, Canada, Japan, and the UAE.
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