The world’s richest man has decided to “benefit Earth” by announcing a plan to send humans to the moon — and keep them there.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took to the stage at the Washington Convention Center yesterday (9 May 2019) to unveil a big shiny rocket that’ll theoretically be pinging puny earthlings to the crater-heavy chunk of rock by 2024, in line with the Trump administration’s desire to have astronauts larking about on lunar surfaces again, like the good old days of the early 1970s, back when everyone wore flares, lived off prawn cocktail and climate change didn’t exist.
The unmanned rocket, named Blue Moon, forms part of the 157 billion dollar man’s Blue Origin project, a space exploration scheme which intends to build “a road to space with our reusable launch vehicles, so our children can build the future.”
The BBC reports that, “Mr Bezos wanted to improve access to the Moon, because he has a wider vision of a future where people are able to live and work in space, which is not possible today.”
The idea is that Blue Moon will flutter onto the Moon’s south pole, where ice deposits have been found in craters. These deposits will be melted into water, that water will be mined for hydrogen, and that hydrogen will help power explorations that go deeper into space.
Once all that’s happened, Jeff and his assembled boffins want to start building “self-sustaining space colonies that could support people, animals and greenery.”
Which is all well and good but we do have a question. And the question is thus: why does Jeff Bezos’ imagined space colonies look like illustrations from a 70s book on ecology?
Jeff, if you’re reading, please tell us.