"We have been given a gift - this nearby body called the moon", Bezos said, listing factors that make the moon a good target for space travel, including its proximity to earth, low gravity, and ice content.
Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, did not talk to journalists at the event.
In their lunar ambitions, however, Trump and Bezos are very much in harmony.
It's not just about getting astronauts back to the moon, though, Bezos sees it as important for manufacturing because it's an untapped location for resources and it, "takes 24 times less energy to get it off the surface compared to the Earth. that is a huge lever". If re-elected next year, 2024 would be Trump's final full year in office. Bezos said payloads could weigh up to 7 tons (6.5 metric tonnes).
At an event in Washington on Thursday, Bezos' spaceflight company Blue Origin unveiled Blue Moon, a lunar lander that can deliver large payloads to the moon. A Blue Origin executive told Reuters last month New Glenn rocket would be ready by 2021.
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"This is an incredible vehicle and it's going to the moon", he declared, gesturing at a lunar landing vehicle that crouched like a giant metallic spider on the stage behind him.
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, stood on a blue-lit stage last night to unveil a delivery vehicle capable of shipping packages to addresses the US Postal Service can not reach. NASA originally hoped to test a moon lander in 2024, then try for crewed landings in 2028; but now the agency is attempting to attract private industry to design and build a spacecraft to land astronauts on the moon in 2024.
Bezos, intent on moving Blue Origin closer to commercialization, underscored his broader vision of enabling a future in which millions of people live and work in space. Bezos is likely to frame his strategy to align with that timeline in a bid to attract funds from the United States space agency, one of the people said.
A site near the south pole of the Moon was named after Shackleton - a crater with rims that are exposed to nearly continual sunlight.
Clue No. 1: On April 26, Blue Origin tweeted 5.9.19. - the date of the announcement -- with a photo of Arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance. Most of the ice at the southern pole is contained in lunar craters, they found.