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This Japanese Startup Wants to Become the Moon’s Very Own FedEx

  • Japan’s ispace to send lunar lander as part of NASA contract
  • Backed by ex-SoftBank exec, ispace eyeing IPO this fiscal year
An artist rendering of ispace Inc.’s Mission 1 lander on the lunar surface.

An artist rendering of ispace Inc.’s Mission 1 lander on the lunar surface.

Source: ispace Inc. 

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An intensifying US-China space rivalry and Elon Musk’s ambitious Mars program have fired up scores of startups across the world chasing lucrative contracts, as humans race for resources that could foster life beyond Earth.

Among those is a small Japanese company seeking to make a mark as early as this month with what could be a first for a commercial firm.