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Space question: Can anyone own the resources of the moon?

The full moon shines behind the top of the Tokyo SkyTree observation tower earlier this month.
Photographer: Tokyo Shimbun, Kazunori Kasahara
The full moon shines behind the top of the Tokyo SkyTree observation tower earlier this month.
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As our technology advances and space travel becomes more common, it is inevitable that the resources of outer space will come within our reach. Who will have the rights to these resources? Is it even possible to claim anything in outer space? Amid these unknowns, a second moon race is quietly under way. Unlike during the Cold War, however, the goal this time is not just to reach the moon but, ultimately, to develop the ...

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