The mission: moon colonization
It seems like we have two visionaries aiming for two different space mission interests. On one hand, Space X led by Elon Musk is looking to colonize Mars, on the other hand, Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos has big plans to colonize the moon. He believes that within the next century, humans will have to leave earth and settle on the moon for business purposes and could utilize its vast resources. He is aiming to use Blue Origin, his aerospace venture with a partnership with NASA and the ESA to start moon colonization. Bezos has partnered with NASA to create a moon lander to test the possibilities of lunar manufacturing and habitation.
The plans and why is it a good idea
Blue Origin is still making baby steps testing sub-orbital rockets but Bezos is liquidating enough capital of $1 billion from his annual Amazon stock to fund the company and venture on his space projects. The company was made with a purpose to find a way to reduce the cost of traveling to space and will soon launch rockets to carry people into space. Speaking at the Space Development Conference in Los Angeles Bezos shared his thoughts of making the moon a center for heavy industry. This will help conserve resources on earth. He wants to establish something more close to earth. This will not only begin the journey towards living in space but also easy to use its resources such as water to create fuel and other resources. Bezos points out that all of the heavy industries will conduct in space using solar energy while the earth will be reserved for residential and light industrial uses. He also noted that there is sunlight 24/7 for solar cells and abundant water beneath the surface. The lunar surface with its polar deposits of ice could be mined and generated for oxygen for human beings to rocket fuel and possible rare resource deposits.
It may seem far too ludicrous of a project, but what I like is that someone is thinking about the future and ways to leave behind a good imprint in people’s lives. In today’s world, human beings are so engrossed in destroying mother earth for their personal interests. Its high time we all started to think of ways we can contribute and save the earth.