The moon landing 50 years ago was our first chance to examine the makeup of another celestial body. Now the race is on to find valuable minerals beyond our own planet.
Hayabusa 2 has landed on the asteroid and is collecting rocks and dust to take back home to Earth. Landing on a moving object in outer space is not an easy feat. Researchers are celebrating the achievement.
Space exploration was about politics and power. Then, science. It's now also about money. And a growing list of players.
The '69 moon landing was science-free. Until someone said, "they'd better have something to do." So they studied rocks.
China's ambitious space program could also be a chance for the European Space Agency to grow. The Europeans can't afford big projects such as Mars missions or building lunar bases on their own, says DW's Frank Sieren.
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