Jeff Bezos' space company is in the conceptual design phase of a large lunar lander that it says will provide reusable access to the moon's surface and its resources, Blue Origin said on Wednesday. The lander is part of Blue Origin's broader mission of enabling a future in which millions of people live and work in space, the company said. "The next logical step in this path is a return to the Moon," Blue Origin said in a statement. "To do this we need reusable access to the lunar surface and its resources." The company, founded by Amazon.com
Blue Origin is now in the running to put Americans back on the moon by 2024. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has revealed the ambitious next steps for his aerospace company at a highly-secretive media event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. During the event, which kicked off at 4 p.m., the billionaire and Blue Origin founder started off by sharing elaborate concept images of self-sustaining space habitats reminiscent of the film Interstellar, with lush greenery and futuristic homes within its walls. But, the real star of the talk turned out to be something much closer to home – the moon. On stage, Bezos took the wraps off a massive model of what will be the firm's first lunar lander, dubbed Blue Moon.
The billionaires are at it again. Jeff Bezos on Thursday unveiled Blue Origin's grand vision to travel to the moon when he took the wraps off of Blue Moon, the spaceflight company's new lunar lander. Not content to let the Amazon CEO have his glory, Elon Musk sent out a late night tweet including an altered image of the lander with the word'Moon' crossed out and replaced with the word'Balls.' Not content to let Jeff Bezos have his glory, Elon Musk sent out a tweet including an altered image of the lander with the word'Moon' crossed out and replaced with the word'Balls' 'Oh stop teasing, Jeff,' Musk wrote, adding a winking emoji at the end of the tweet. Musk and Bezos have been known to spar over Twitter about their accomplishments in the past.