A growing number of nations are out to 'conquer' planets, claim their resources and profit from tourism. But is it legal? Can one country take over a planet? Who owns outer space?
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Space exploration was about politics and power. Then, science. It's now also about money. And a growing list of players.
Whether it lands or crashes, Israel's Beresheet moon mission can only score big, politically, says DW's Zulfikar Abbany, as space becomes one of the most competitive domains next to land, air and sea.
SpaceX has launched 60 Starlink satellites to join its growing megaconstellation. Its aim: Global internet with a constellation of 40,000 satellites. Its nearest competitor, OneWeb, aims to launch just 600. Wait, what?
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