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Mexico to have its first lunar mission

The Mexican Space Agency signed a deal to have Astrobotic take an undetermined payload to the moon.
Astrobotic said that the space agency will ask Mexican scientists to propose ideas for what type of payload or science projects should go to the moon. (Photo: Archive EL UNIVERSAL )
11/06/2015
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By Newsroom 

The Mexican Space Agency, AEM, and the American company Astrobotic signed an agreement on Wednesday to send the first Mexican and Latin American lunar mission. 

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazzette, after several months of negotiation, the Mexican Space Agency signed a deal to have Astrobotic take an undetermined payload to the moon.

"They want to be the first Latin American country to land on the moon and operate a payload, and with us they can do it for a fraction of the cost compared to trying to do it alone." said Astrobotic CEO John Thornton.

Astrobotic said that the space agency will ask Mexican scientists this summer to propose ideas for what type of payload or science projects should go to the moon, and pick the winner sometime this fall.

Astrobotic was founded in 2007 at Carnegie Mellon University and manufactures technology for space missions at low cost. 

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