Earlier this month, China landed a probe, the Chang'e-4, on the far side of the Moon. The Japanese firm iSpace is planning to build an "Earth-Moon transportation platform" and carry out "polar water exploration" on the Moon. Several companies are expressing an interest in exploring and, possibly, mining its surface for resources including gold, platinum and the rare earth minerals widely used in electronics. Could the Moon become involved in a commercially and politically driven land and resources grab? As technology has developed, exploiting its resources for profit has become a likely prospect. The will to explore and make money is there, with countries seemingly becoming more eager to help companies.