2023 may end up being remembered as the first year of the lunar space race. Companies from around the world are working on technologies to sustain life on the Moon. One Japanese start-up plans to build a community on the lunar surface by 2040, with a special landing spacecraft capable of transporting goods from Earth at a low cost. Another firm is trying to send a super-lightweight probe to look for water on the Moon later this year. Over 50 years since the Apollo program, humankind is once again looking to reach the stars. We report on the latest efforts to settle the Moon.
Yamazaki Naoko (Astronaut)