Human remains propelled to a permanent resting place beyond Earth, a digital library designed to last billions of years, and a capsule containing messages from 80,000 children.

This odd assortment is set to be carried on one of the first commercial transports to the Moon, due in the first half of 2021. If all goes to plan, it will signal a new commercial involvement in lunar exploration, potentially opening a big new frontier for the private space industry.

This weekend's 50th anniversary of the first human Moon landing has brought intense interest in the prospects for a return visit. The

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The new lunar economy

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The road to the Moon

The new space race