According to the Washington Post, Amazon has proposed to create shipments for “future human settlement” on the Moon.
Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos wrote in an internal report explaining that a reliable delivery service would be critical to establishing a functioning society on the Moon.
In response to emailed questions from the daily publication, Bezos said, “It is time for America to return to the Moon — this time to stay. A permanently inhabited lunar settlement is a difficult and worthy objective. I sense a lot of people are excited about this.”
Bezos, who owns the private space-travel company, Blue Origin, has propositioned NASA support to send a “Blue Moon” spacecraft to the Shackleton Crater near the Moon’s south pole.
Blue Origin’s proposal consists of a series of cargo missions that would transport the equipment necessary to help establish a human colony on the Moon.
“Once on the surface, the lander’s useful payload can be used to conduct science or deploy rovers. A robotic arm attached to the lander will deploy to examine the lunar surface with an array of instruments,” the proposal stated.
According to Bezos, the first lunar mission, which is only possible if partnered with NASA, could be underway by July 2020.
“Our liquid hydrogen expertise and experience with precision vertical landing offer the fastest path to a lunar lander mission. I’m excited about this and am ready to invest my own money alongside NASA to make it happen,” said Bezos.
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