Jeff Bezos, who is also considered to be the wealthiest person on the planet by Forbes, the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, introduced to the world the Blue Moon.
What is the Blue Moon?
Contrary to what the common mind might often imagine, it is not a blue-colored moon. It is a lander and its name is Blue Moon, and no, it is not alone – a small rover accompanies the huge vehicle.
At a press conference held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, he said, “This is an incredible vehicle and it is going to the moon”. There he delivered his speech standing in front of the hulk of a space lander.
What is the purpose of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Moon?
At the event, he described his grandiose, multigenerational vision of colonizing the moon and creating a colony in proximity to the Earth. This is his method of expanding the human race to trillions. He is using Blue Moon lander as a tool to achieve what Gerard O’Neill had envisioned in 1975. And what Jeff has already mentioned in his past interviews.
What he has envisioned
He talked of this space colonies, “This is Maui on its best day all year long. No rain, no storms, no earthquakes.” Though he added that it will be up to the future generations to build these massive structures.
He described his scientific yet fictional concepts to a mere audience of hundred, as he walked up and down the dimly lit stage wearing a grey jacket and jeans. The hall was lit up by blue lights and the walls were decorated with sparkling starry lights.
According to him, a larger variant of the lander will be able to carry Americans to the moon by the year 2024. The Blue Moon has been in development for three years. The small rover that accompanies it will be able to conduct scientific missions and shoot off small satellites.
Jeff said and we quote, “It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay.”
Something that Jeff has referenced to on the stage is the deadline given to NASA by President Donald Trump – to return Americans back to the surface of the moon by 2024.
Cosmic dreams of the others
But he is not the only one to have visions. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has aimed at building large rockets for orbital space travel. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic aims to provide the first glimpse of space tourism. But these services will be so exorbitantly priced that only the super-rich would be able to afford them.
On Thursday, Jeff said that the Blue Moon will help us develop infrastructure on the moon which will open new opportunities for future entrepreneurs and artists.
Why does he want what he wants
A major need, according to Jeff, is that the Earth is “finite” and to ensure we aren’t left to stagnation and eventual extinction, we need to expand human territory. Reaching the moon will become a necessity for us.
“The solar system can support a trillion humans, and then we’d have 1000 Mozarts and 1000 Einsteins,” he said during a Yale Club talk. “Think how incredible and dynamic that civilization will be.”
In recent months, Blue Origin has also talked about sending humans aboard New Shepard to experience microgravity for the first time.
He is also developing a bigger rocket, New Glenn, to compete with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in delivering payloads and commercial satellites to space.
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