Blue Origin's Lunar Lander Aims to Put Humans Back on the Moon


"This is Blue Moon".

During the company's unveiling event today, Bezos praised Vice President Pence's previously announced goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024.

"This is an incredible vehicle and it's going to the moon", Bezos said, according to CNN.

Lloyd Campbell's first interest in space began when he was a very young boy in the 1960s with NASA's Gemini and Apollo programs.

Blue Origin has been working on the liquid-hydrogen powered lander for three years, Bezos said.

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Mr. Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, walked off the stage without providing details, including launch dates, customers and the plan for humans on his rockets. But according to the company's website, "the larger variant of Blue Moon has been created to land an ascent vehicle that will allow us to return Americans to the Moon by 2024". It was a contrast to how Blue Origin worked for years in something like stealth mode, saying little about its plans and goals. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine accepted the challenge, saying the US will "utilize the resources of the moon". The Club's first activity will be to send a postcard to space and back on a future New Shepard mission-the first ever space mail. That passion continued in the early 1970s with our continued exploration of our Moon, and was renewed by the Shuttle Program. The company has already received millions of dollars in grants from NASA to develop critical lunar-lander systems.

During his hour-long presentation at Washington's convention center, Bezos waved his arm and a black drape behind him dropped to reveal the two-story-tall unmanned lander mockup, which he said can deploy up to four smaller rovers and shoot out satellites to orbit the moon.

China has landed a rover on the moon's far side.

Last year, SpaceX announced that a Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, had signed up for a trip that would go past the moon without landing on it, and swing back to Earth. And the Israeli nonprofit said it will give it a second shot. NASA put the first and only people on the moon in the Apollo program, starting with Apollo 11 in July 1969. The engine will be available for sale to other companies for use in in-space and lander applications.

But Bezos, who rarely speaks about the projects at Blue Origin, which he founded in 2000 and finances with more than $1 billion per year, clearly suggested he wants to help Nasa.