The moon landing 50 years ago offered humans an unprecedented chance to examine the makeup of another celestial body. Now the race is on to find valuable minerals beyond our own planet. Japanese space probe Hayabusa 2 landed on the asteroid Ryugu, over 300 million kilometers from Earth, to take samples from beneath the surface and bring them back home. The US space agency NASA is also examining an asteroid with its Osiris Rex probe. It's taking samples of the rock to find out what they're made of. NASA has also been looking for rare resources on the moon for years. Metals such as gold, platinum, iridium and helium-3 gas have been detected there. But space agencies are still trying to figure out how to break down these raw materials and transport them to Earth.

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