• The U.S. and China are actively working on missions to the Moon — and the latter has not been shy about its lunar aspirations.
  • However, there is big difference between China — or any state for that matter — setting up a lunar base and actually “taking over” the Moon.
  • It is not only illegal to take over the moon, but also technologically daunting — the costs of such an endeavour would be extremely high, while the potential payoffs would be uncertain.