On Saturday Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos shared his vision of creating a permanent human city on the moon
(VERO BEACH, FL) During a Q&A session with children at Seattle’s Museum of Flight Mr. Bezos shared a similar vision to SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk for the establishment of a futuristic space colony.
“I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon,” Bezos was quoted as saying by GeekWire. “It’s time to go back to the moon, but this time to stay.”
“There’s a long history of tourism and entertainment driving innovations in technology,” Bezos told the crowd. “For example, barnstorming and joyrides helped sustain pilots and airplane-makers in the early days of aviation. Today, advances in machine learning, computer vision and artificial intelligence are being driven by improvements in graphics processing units, or GPUs.”
“Why were GPUs invented? For one purpose, and one purpose only: They were invented by Nvidia for playing video games,” Bezos said.
For Bezos, these innovations are being accomplished through his company Blue Origin, which has recently ramped up its employment, and has reportedly made great progress on two big projects: a suborbital spaceship dubbed New Shepard, which has successfully completed five test flights to space and back, and an orbital rocket named New Glenn, which utilizes Blue Origin’s BE-4 rocket engine.
In his speech, Bezos noted that the moon’s polar regions were chosen for settlement in his plan because it would be the best places to build a base due to the presence of sunlight shielded water ice reserves in localized craters, which could be converted into drinking water, hydrogen fuel, and breathable oxygen.
This is not the first time the owner of The Washington Post has shared his interest in missions to the moon.
In September 2000, Bezos founded Aerospace company Blue Origin in Kent, Washington, with the goal of developing technologies to enable private human access to space with a dramatically lowered cost and increased reliability.
In January 2017, Bezos sent a confidential seven-page white paper to NASA’s top leadership and President Trump’s transition team, proposing a future mission of sending a robotic lander to the moon’s south polar region by 2020 as the initial step toward an “Amazon-like” lunar delivery system.
“It is time for America to return to the Moon — this time to stay,” Bezos repeated to his paper about this proposal in March. “A permanently inhabited lunar settlement is a difficult and worthy objective. I sense a lot of people are excited about this.”
The Blue Moon spacecraft could carry as much as 10,000 pounds of material and fly atop several different rockets, including NASA’s Space Launch System, the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V or its own New Glenn rocket, Blue Origin told The Post.