Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to unveil missions to the moon

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Last October, the company signed an agreement with NASA to develop medium to large commercial lander systems for the lunar surface.

Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos said on Thursday he's going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there.

In March, US Vice President Mike Pence called on NASA to build a space platform in lunar orbit and put American astronauts on the moon's south pole by 2024 "by any means necessary", four years earlier than previously planned.

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I think it's best to view this goal as the equivalent of having an ISS on the moon, where experiments can be carried out and the moon more easily explored by keeping a human presence living on it. 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. Water can be exploited to produce hydrogen, which in turn could fuel future exploration of the solar system. It plans to launch the powerful space vehicle from Cape Canaveral. In addition, he said the moon is a good place for manufacturing, since it will take 24 times less energy to haul materials from its surface compared to the Earth due to its lower gravity.

Not the components of the future mini-station in lunar orbit, which will act as a rest stop between Earth and the Moon.

Bezos called the moon 'a gift, ' saying that it is a good spot for humanity to start manufacturing in space.

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Blue Origin's mascot is a tortoise, and true to form, the company's progress has been notoriously slower than at Musk's SpaceX. Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which Trump has frequently targeted in his broadsides about "fake news".

The moon has always been central to Bezos's space-faring dreams, as well as the vision of his former professor, the late Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill.

Blue Origin is developing its New Shepard rocket for short space tourism trips and a heavy-lift launch rocket called New Glenn for satellite launch contracts. It is aiming to deliver the New Glenn rocket by 2021, while launching humans in a suborbital flight later this year atop its rocket-and-capsule New Shepard. A much smaller, reusable rocket, New Shepard, is created to take six paying tourists to the edge of space for a few minutes of weightlessness.

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