Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos laughs as he talks with the media while exploring the new Amazon Spheres during the grand opening at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA, January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson – RC1DD03FA240
The recently anointed as the richest person in the world, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, says that we should colonize the moon — and the time is of the essence.
“We should go back to the moon, and this time to stay,” he said.
Speaking at the Space Development Conference in Los Angeles over the weekend, Mr. Bezos made the argument that to protect the Earth and allow the human species to continue to grow, we need to move much of our industrial activity, to the moon, or even asteroids.
The 54-year-old billionaire said that the relocation of the heavy industry in the solar energy space outposts is the only way to ensure that our planet can cope with the rising demand for energy and the stress of a growing population.
“We have to leave this planet,” he said, according to Geek Wire. “We are going to leave, and it’s going to make this planet better. We come and go, and the people who want to remain will remain.”
Mr Bezos believes it will happen in our lives, because the human race is little alternative.
“The alternative is stasis,” he said, adding that without space settlements, societies around the world “will have to stop growing” by environmental and other conditions.
“That’s not the future that I want for my grandchildren, my grandchildren’s grandchildren.”
The AMERICAN government has said wants to pursue sustainable outposts in the area, and the Trumpet administration has shown renewed interest in a return to the moon. The Amazon CEO expects US money from the government play an important role in the efforts to improve the habitats in the area, but said that his rocket company Blue Origin, would press on with her mission, even if it does not receive funding help from NASA.
“It will not be done by a company or by the NASA, he said, but by “thousands of companies that operate in concert in the course of many decades”.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has previously described his idea for sending humans to Mars to colonize, but Mr Bezos clearly thinks that our planet is the moon is a better option for a first outpost. As he pointed out during the conference talk, the moon is better located and reachable in just a few days with the right rocket.
The e-commerce entrepreneur also seems excited by the fact that in the past few decades, scientists discovered the existence of ice-cold water near the poles that can in theory be converted into hydrogen and oxygen and is used for potable water, air and propellants for reusable rockets.
“It’s almost like someone is making this for us,” Mr Bezos said.
If you are a billionaire leader of the industry, it is rather in fashion to the use of your resources to push humanity to the final frontier.
Jeff Bezos previously said he sells for about $1 billion per year in the Amazon stock to pursue its plans for space tourism and called his rocket company, “the most important work that I do”.
The private space race has been completed by a third billionaire, Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, who is currently training to become an astronaut for a space mission in the coming months.
He tries to make his space-tourism company Virgin Galactic to help fund his even more space ambitions.
“We’re talking about months, not years — so it is in the neighborhood. There are exciting times ahead,” the Virgin boss told BBC Radio on Monday about his personal astronaut mission.
“I’m going in for astronaut training, I go for fitness training, centrifuge and other training, so my body will hopefully cope well if I go to the space.”
While Sir Richard believes Mr. Musk is “doing great good” in the get of a cargo in the space and building ever-larger rockets, the real battle is for the commercial king of the space between the Virgin boss and Mr Bezos.
“I think we are both neck and neck as the people in the room on the first. Ultimately, we have to do it safely. It is more a race with us to make sure we have craft that are safe for the people there,” he said.
Earlier this year, Virgin Galactic completed a supersonic test flight of the SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship.
It was the first return to the air for the company since a crash in the California desert in 2014 in which a pilot was killed and another injured.
This story was previously published in the news.com.au.