Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has some high aspirations. In fact, they’re literally out of this world.
Though his company Blue Origin, Bezos has plans not only to land on the moon but also to colonize it.
During a question and answer session at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, Bezos said, “I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon.”
“It’s time to go back to the moon, but this time to stay,” he reportedly told a group of children visiting the facility.
Bezos hinted that robots could be used to help build a lunar base and even explore Mars.
Bezo’s Blue Origin space exploration company has had several successful test flights in the recent past, and that’s just what Bezos needs to give his idea momentum.
In an email to The Washington Post, which Bezos owns, the entrepreneur explained: “A permanently inhabited lunar settlement is a difficult and worthy objective. I sense a lot of people are excited about this.”
Bezos envisions Blue Origin developing an Amazon-like delivery service for all the things needed for humans to settle in on earth’s biggest satellite. He said artificial intelligence, self-driving technology and machine vision could all work to make a settlement on the moon possible.
Bezos said he also looked to partner with NASA on the endeavor.
How soon could all of this take place? Blue Origin is reportedly now looking to send a crew on a mission to circle the moon by 2019 and could send its first lunar mission as early as July 2020.
It’s incredible to think that people, even online entrepreneurs, can consider missions to orbit and eventually colonize the moon.
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