“That race is over now. It’s ironic perhaps that the only way to get to the International Space Station is by flying to Russia.
“The cost of spaceflight has come down tremendously, so it’s relatively cheap to go to the Moon, especially if you’re not thinking of coming back.
“But there’s commercial benefit to it as well. The Moon is made up of roughly the same stuff as the Earth, so you can do most of what you can do on Earth up there.
“Worms haven’t turned the surface into soil and water is harder to find but essentially it’s all still there.
“With a bit of creativity, you can grow potatoes and have a fizzy drink. It just takes a bit more planning.