This guide is intended as a resource for the main surface activities currently in the game. Planet surfaces offer access to surface settlements and cities that are similar to stations, "points of interest" that randomly spawn in interesting sites to explore and scattered rocks, outcrops and meteorites to gather synthesis materials from. This guide is going up in several main parts, in an attempt to remain as up-to-date as possible. Check in for updates.
Materials seem to be distributed in a random, or pseudo-random fashion. There doesn't seem to be any solid rules to follow while hunting down certain materials.
Although there doesn't seem to be any reasonable explanation or purpose for materials found on any planet/moon, there is evidence to support that some bodies have specific materials reoccurring rather predictably. This usually applies to rare or very rare (see rarity section) materials and means that some bodies might be good sources for certain materials (at least until the current spawn mechanic is adjusted).
Materials are grouped into three grades, based on how rare they are to find.
Very Common Element
Very Rare Element
Points of Interest (POI)