Well, he’s pretty much conquered Earth already…
Amazon CEO and currently the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, has just unveiled his latest investment: a mock-up of a lunar lander that aims to find water on the moon’s surface, in the hopes of allowing humans to return to the moon for good.
The lander, called Blue Moon, would weigh about 33,000 pounds in total before launch, and 7,000 pounds by the time it actually lands on the moon’s south pole.
Bezos is banking at the results of previous missions that have managed to see some form of evidence that water could actually exist on the Earth’s natural satellite. The only difference is that unlike the water that we’re used to here on Earth, the water found on the moon is ice–frozen and undrinkable in its raw form.
But Bezos sees a huge opportunity in that. The plan is to use that water, frozen or not, as rocket fuel for future spacecraft. This is backed up by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and even former VP Mike Pence. Bezos explains, “Ultimately, we’re going to be able to get hydrogen from that water on the moon, and be able to refuel these vehicles on the surface of the moon.”
“It’s time to go back to the Moon,” Bezos says. “This time, to stay.”