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Amazon's Jeff Bezos aims to take people to the moon by 2024

10 May 2019

Mr Bezos presented the Moon goals of his space exploration company Blue Origin at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, to an audience consisting of potential customers and officials from Nasa.

"It's time to go back to the moon, this time to stay", Bezos said. But according to the company's website, "the larger variant of Blue Moon has been created to land an ascent vehicle that will allow us to return Americans to the Moon by 2024". This configuration could be used to send NASA astronauts to the surface of the Moon by 2024.

"It's an incredible vehicle, and it will go to the Moon", he declared.

The vehicle will be capable of carrying scientific instruments, four self-driving rovers and a future pressurized vehicle for humans. "It's in the permanently shadowed craters on the poles of the moon".

The water derived from that ice can be broken down to produce hydrogen, which could then fuel up the spacecraft for further missions across the solar system.

But his vision is shared by other billionaire-backed private space ventures like Elon Musk's SpaceX and aerospace incumbents like United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin.

Not the components of the future mini-station in lunar orbit, which will act as a rest stop between Earth and the Moon. It was known that Blue Origins had lunar ambitions-it was recently reported that it had paid NASA $50,000 for detailed plans for previous lunar landers, as well as NASA's observations and technical knowledge gained since those first missions. Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which Trump has frequently targeted in his broadsides against the news media.

"My generation's job is to build the infrastructure", said Bezos. "We're going to build the road to space".

Blue Origin is developing its New Shepard rocket for short space tourism trips and a heavy-lift launch rocket called New Glenn for satellite launch contracts.

It is aiming to deliver the New Glenn rocket by 2021, while launching humans in a suborbital flight later this year atop its rocket-and-capsule New Shepard.

The New Shepard rocket first reached space past year, achieving a height of 66 miles (106 kilometers) in April 2018.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos aims to take people to the moon by 2024