Moon missions could soon blast off with 3D printers, ready to make small tools out of lunar bits.
Nasa has been successful in its bid to bomb the moon in a search for water, with its LCROSS spacecraft smashing a rocket into the lunar surface earlier today.
A UK firm is marking the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission by letting people send a free text message into space.
NASA will provide a unique audio 'time capsule' in observance of the fortieth anniversary of the first human landing on the moon.
The US, Russia, India and China may by eyeing a manned return to the Moon over the next two decades or so, but only Japan could trump the lot by saying it wants to send humanoid robots up there first.
India has been given the go ahead for an unmanned space mission to the Moon. Lift off will commence on 22 October, some six months after the space voyage was originally meant to happen.