Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to unveil missions to the moon

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

Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world and head of space company Blue Origin, announced Thursday his intent to participate in the new race to the Moon with a high-tech lander to carry vehicles and equipment.

In addition, he also announced the Blue Moon lunar lander, which is capable of taking people and payloads to the lunar surface.

"This is an incredible vehicle and it's going to the Moon", he said.

Blue Moon, as it's called, has actually been in development for three years, according to Blue Origin. After it lands, Blue Moon will deploy a small rover.

Additionally, using hydrogen fuel cells, the vehicle would provide "kilowatts of power" to its payloads and allow for long missions that could last through the lunar night. "It's time to go back to the moon and this time stay".

"A very fundamental long-range problem is that we will run out of energy on Earth", Bezos said at the event.

While Bezos went out of his way to praise Pence's timeline, the billionaire has been the target of repeated criticism from President Donald Trump, who has referred to him as Jeff "Bozo".

The White House's intention to return to the Moon in 2024 has sent Nasa into a frenzy of activity, because that particular mission was originally anticipated for 2028. Bezos also presented a new rocket engine called BE-7, which can blast 10,000 pounds (4,535 kg) of thrust. Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which Trump has frequently targeted in his broadsides against the news media.

NASA has already set its sights on the moon's south pole, a region believed to hold enough recoverable ice water for use in synthesizing additional rocket fuel as well as for drinking water. Having attended the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on its final two missions, STS-131, and STS-133, he began to do more social networking on space and that developed into writing more in-depth articles.

Blue Origin is based in Kent, Wash., and has built out a 750,000-square-foot plant for its New Glenn rocket just outside Kennedy Space Center.

"We were given a gift - this nearby body called the moon", Bezos said. An area on the Moon's south pole, known as the Shackleton crater, is seen as a strong candidate for a solar-powered moon base, since it is exposed to nearly perpetual sunlight.

The first successful moon landing was by the Soviet Union in 1966 with Luna 9, followed by the US four months later. Most of the ice at the southern pole is contained in lunar craters, they found.

Though less well-known that Elon Musk's SpaceX, Blue Origin shares similar goals-to build private-sector infrastructure to lower costs and increase access to space travel.

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