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US-China space race puts moon back into the spotlight

Finding water on the lunar surface is seen as key to travel to planets beyond

The Long March-5 Y2 rocket takes off from China's Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in July 2017.
The Long March-5 Y2 rocket takes off from China's Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in July 2017.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The moon is back in the telescopes of the world's scientists as major powers -- notably China and the U.S. -- as well as some highflying companies, push their space programs to new frontiers. 

In the next chapter of this great space adventure, the moon has a key role to play, both as a potential base for further exploration and as a treasure chest of key resources -- most importantly, water.

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