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'Blue Moon': Jeff Bezos reveals lunar lander

10 May 2019

The unmanned, reusable Blue Moon vehicle will carry scientific instruments, satellites and rovers. He said felt confident that Blue Origin could meet the 2024 lunar landing deadline recently set by Vice President Mike Pence, CNBC reported.

"But in the not-too-distant future - I'm talking decades, maybe 100 years - it'll start to be easier to do a lot of the things that we now do on Earth in space, because we'll have so much energy".

"My generation's job is to build the infrastructure", said Bezos.

Mr Bezos also unveiled a new rocket engine on Thursday, called BE-7, which is powered by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen and has 4,535 kilograms of thrust.

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At an invite-only press event in Washington, D.C., Bezos announced a massive vision for the future in which "Earth is zoned residential and light industry", with heavy industry and mining moving to space. "It would lead for the first time to where your children and grandchildren have worse lives than you".

Blue Moon is being created to supply plenty of power for its payloads, which can be mounted in multiple places around the platform.

The solution, according to Bezos: look elsewhere for energy sources in the solar system.

It was already known that Bezos' ultimate goal is for a future where millions of people are living and working in space.

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The richest man in the world detailed his dreams that one day humans will live in elaborate space colonies, named "O'Neill colonies", after American physicist Gerard K. O'Neill who came up with the idea. Nothing is ready: not the powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket being developed by Boeing which is necessary to transport vehicles and astronauts.

Bezos says: "It's time to go back to the moon".

Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States April 5, 2017.

Lloyd Campbell's first interest in space began when he was a very young boy in the 1960s with NASA's Gemini and Apollo programs.

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The announcement seems targeted at NASA, which happens to be in need of a lunar lander for its 2024 mission to the moon. He enjoys all aspects of space exploration, both human, and robotic, but his primary passions lie with human exploration and the vehicles, rockets, and other technologies that allow humanity to explore space.

'Blue Moon': Jeff Bezos reveals lunar lander