Two hours ago, the head of Amazon spoke to reporters, officials, company leaders and a group of enthusiastic schoolchildren in a crowded audience a couple of blocks from the White House to tell the details of their plan about returning people to the moon by 2024. Bezos wants to conquer the surface of the satellite - and create all the conditions so that we can stay on it. A year ago, he already announced about plans for the colonization of the Moon, now he has rockets, he has a landing module, it has a clear date, and everything finally goes into the active phase.
"This is a small step for a man, and a huge leap for humanity," the head of Amazon reminded everyone of the words of Armstrong when he appeared on the scene. Then he asked a simple question: if the resources on Earth are exhausted, what will happen to us in the future? Where will tens of billions of people live (and can they survive at all)?
The only way to the future, according to Bezos, is to continue space exploration. We have already learned how to send shuttles, send people into orbit, land probes on other planets and even on asteroids. Now the only obstacle to entering the next level is infrastructure. And Amazon’s founder understands this best. He wants to create a logistics system that will significantly reduce the cost of transporting goods (and people) to our satellite and to other planets.
The task of my generation is to create an infrastructure. We will build a road to space.
Billionaire announced Blue Origin plans to send people into space on his New Shepard rocket later this year. And in 2024, to land on the moon. A landing capsule called the Blue Moon was presented. According to Jeff Bezos, she can deliver up to 6.5 tons of cargo to the Moon at a time.
With this landing module, the creator of Amazon says, it will be possible to “finally reach the resource-rich lunar surface” (by the way, who knows if it’s true there is rich, or is it Bezos trying to attract governments and investors? It seems to be on the surface there are no valuable resources , except possibly fallen asteroids. Silicon, oxygen , iron, calcium, aluminum. Maybe he has in mind the resources for building the following lunar bases?).
Why the South Pole? It's simple: there is ice. More than 500 million tons - at the bottom of craters, where the rays of the Sun never penetrate. This data was collected by the Indian probe Chandrayaan-1. NASA hopes to use this ice to make rocket fuel. Water, along with oxygen, abundantly present in the lunar soil, will feed, according to Pens, “the next generation of spacecraft that will be able to reach Mars in months, not over the years.”
Such oxygen-based rockets are already being built - for example, the startup Momentus is doing this. The main problem is financing. Today, at a briefing, NASA announced that it is still calculating the amount that will cost the new (permanent) lunar mission. According to the roughest estimates, these are tens of billions of dollars. But for Bezos, who dreams of space , this is quite a trivial amount, even after a divorce. If the government suddenly closes the plans for the Moon, it will be able to sponsor the mission on its own without any problems.
So far, NASA’s plans relate to manned moon landing in the mid-2020s, building a permanent station and laying a space road for landing on Mars in the 2030s. Bezos with Blue Origin should help them here. The New Glenn rocket developed by them will have to carry 45 tons of cargo into Earth orbit, from where lunar expedition will be launched . SpaceX will help Bezos rockets with its Falcon Heavy and the new Starship, which should be launched in 2020 and will have up to 100 tons of payload.
In parallel, Bezos wants to inspire the next generation. To this end, he announced the creation of the " Future Club ", a new organization that helps children get a little closer to space. Their first project - any child who writes or draws about life in space can send a postcard to Blue Origin. The first 10,000 postcards received before July 20 will fly to New Shepard, and upon return will be sent to their owners (stamped “Flying in space!”).
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