WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, is planning to return men to the Moon.
- Last weekend, the Amazon and Blue Origin’s founderoutlined his plans to set up station on the Earth’s natural satellite.
- Bezos even reached out to NASA asking the space agency to sign up for a partnership.
Jeff Bezos, more popularly known as the founder, owner and CEO of the world’s largest online shopping retailer, Amazon, is now dead set to bring back humanity to the moon. With his new space company Blue Origin, which he owned and founded, he is developing the New Glenn rocket to rival SpaceX.
Bezos outlined his plan, announcing that his vision is to set up base on the Moon. At the International Space Development Conference on Friday, he said that Blue Origin will build a “Blue Moon” lunar lander even though it’s still uncertain if NASA will agree as a partner.
In an interview with GeekWire, Bezos said he wants Blue Origin to work with NASA and the ESA to create a permanent settlement on the Moon.
Blue Origin already anticipates introducing its Blue Moon lander by the mid-2020s.
“By the way, we will do that, even if NASA doesn’t do it,” Bezos told CNet. “We’ll do it eventually. We could do it a lot faster through a partnership.”
According to Bezos, the Moon is convenient for a colony because it’s relatively near and holds water that could be evaporated into air and rocket propellant.
His vision did not end there. He foresaw it becoming “easier” to move Earth’s heavy industry to space within decades, and even suggested that some people might work in hollowed asteroids.
He added that Earth might be reserved for “residential and light industrial” purposes only. But according to Engadget, Blue Origin won’t necessarily play a part in that because Bezos is eager to have “other people” to handle tasks like Moon colonization.
Elon Musk’s vision for SpaceX is to colonize Mars, Blue Origin will not be direct competition because there’s only a partial overlap in their spacefaring plans.