In just three years, we may very well have our first permanent colony on the Moon. Feeding into the excitement about space exploration consistently building over the past decade, Jeffrey Bezos, (founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, has announced the ambitious goal of establishing a human settlement on the Moon by 2020.
As Bezos stated, “a permanently inhabited lunar settlement is a difficult and worthy objective. I sense a lot of people are excited about this.” This ambitious goal, which to many would seemingly be a logistical nightmare, involves a number of planned preliminary steps before humans are actually sent to establish the colony. This includes flying a series of Amazon-like cargo missions to the Moon in order to lay the ground work for the settlement and establish a depot orbiting the Moon with supplies and medical facilities.
For now, Blue Origin is testing spacecraft landers that could carry as much as 10,000 lbs of materials atop a variety of rockets and have plans to send humans to space in 2018.
As if the idea of establishing the first self-sustaining colony on another celestial body isn’t exciting enough, this mission will undoubtedly lead to dramatic benefits for worldwide economies back on Earth. The new technology and innovations required to make this mission a success will easily find their way back into terrestrial industries and lead to stimulated commerce in many sectors.
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