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Australia wants a bigger part of the space race: minister

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the landing in the first month, Australia is seriously looking for opportunities in space.

Australia set up its own space agency in Adelaide 12 months ago and was eager to work with NASA for the opportunity to be involved in its Artemis program aimed at returning a first man and woman to the moon in 2024.

"That does not mean that we will send an astronaut to the moon or to Mars but do not exclude it too," Australian Industry Minister Karen Andrews told Sky News from the Parkes observatory in NSW which was very important in delivering images during the landing in the first month.

"We are part of the space race, we want a bigger part."

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He said the Australian space agency worked with industry and researchers to maximize opportunities for the country.

US President Donald Trump wants to go back to the moon in 2024 and the mission to Mars is beyond that.

He has also marked "space forces" & # 39; intended for space warfare, but Ms Andrews said she was not involved in any discussion regarding it.

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