NASA said: “Subsequent to receiving such imagery and data, an ‘in-place’ transfer of ownership of the lunar regolith to NASA will take place.

“After ownership transfer, the collected material becomes the sole property of NASA for the agency’s use under the Artemis programme.”

Lunar Outpost will collect samples from the Moon’s South Pole in 2023 for just $1 (0.74).

ispace Japan will collect samples from the Moon’s Lacus Somniorum region in 2022 for $5,000 (£3,719).

ispace Luxembourg will Europe will collect samples from the South Pole in 2023 for $5,000 (£3,719).





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