Jeff Bezos wants to build a moon base
As most, including NASA and Tesla’s Elon Musk, turn their attentions to building a settlement on Mars, Mr Bezos believes that a lunar base would be more suitable.
The last time humans stepped foot on the astronomical body was 1972, but as natural resources begin to dwindle on Earth, scientists are looking at the possibility of establishing colonies on other planets to ensure humanity’s continuity, with the moon seen as the perfect stepping stone.
Through his Blue Origin – a private space firm looking to rival Mr Musk’s SpaceX – Mr Bezos hopes to colonise the Moon.
During a Q&A session at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, Mr Bezos said: “I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon.
The last time humans were on the moon was 1972 in the Apollo 17 mission
“It’s time to go back to the moon, but this time to stay.”
Mr Bezos added that artificially intelligent machines could be used to help build the Moon base, and even explore Mars.
Currently rovers on the Red Planet have to feed information to ground control on Earth, and wait for precise instructions as to avoid hazards.
Mr Bezos: “That’s one of the reasons that you get to cover very little ground with those rovers.
“But if you had really good self-driving technology, machine vision and other things, those rovers could keep themselves safe and they could go faster and explore much more in a given amount of time.
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An artist's impression of the lunar base
“There, you would want to pre-position a whole bunch of equipment and supplies before the humans show up, and some of those things might need to be assembled on the surface of the Moon.
“And that’s the kind of thing that could also be done by advanced robotics with machine-learning systems on board.”
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In March, Blue Origin released a report outlining its plan in helping NASA return to the Moon.
The proposal looks to NASA for help in sending a ‘Blue Moon’ spacecraft to the south pole of the lunar satellite.
Mr Bezos told the Washington Post, which he also owns: “A permanently inhabited lunar settlement is a difficult and worthy objective.”