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A Japanese Startup Will Try to Land on the Moon Next Year

Going to the Moon is officially hip again, thanks in no small part to Google, which is offering £16 million to the first private company that can land on our nearest neighbour, roll around a bit, and beam images back to Earth. The latest contender for that sweet sweet X-Prize money is Japan, which has just obtained a launch vehicle for the shiny metal cheese grater rover it plans to send to the Moon late next year. Read More >>

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Here’s Where We’ll Build Our First Space Mines, According to the Miners

There’s gold in them thar’ space rocks, say the miners of the future. There’s also platinum, rare earth elements, and even water. Mining in space may sound like science fiction, but as the founders of two space mining companies recently told me, their plans are very real. Read More >>