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posted by chromas on Friday October 05 2018, @02:22AM   Printer-friendly
from the the-gorgotron-approaches dept.

Jeff Bezos Is Planning to Ship 'Several Metric Tons of Cargo' to the Moon

Blue Origin, described by Bezos as "the most important work I'm doing," signed a letter of intent with German aerospace companies OHB Space Systems and Security and MT Aerospace at the 69th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Germany on Tuesday. The OHB SE dubbed the lunar project the "Blue Moon" mission in a press release.

It's not clear exactly what cargo the Blue Moon mission would transport, but it likely includes infrastructure designed to start private business on the Moon: The IAC also detailed the launch of the "Moon Race," a competition between Blue Origin, Airbus Air and Space, and other space agencies around the world to develop technology that will bring companies around the world to the Moon.

According to a press release, the competition could involve manufacturing products and technology, manufacturing energy sources for humans to survive, getting access to water and sustaining biological life, such as plant or agricultural life—all on the Moon.

Also at Space.com.

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Friday October 05 2018, @09:19AM (6 children)

    by c0lo (156) on Friday October 05 2018, @09:19AM (#744559) Journal

    We could get Mars self-sufficient for the basics (food, water, air, meds, building material) much sooner than a century if we wanted to.

    You are still ignoring the most restrictive factor for Mars colonization: energy - the controllable kind and plenty.
    Solve this cheaply and the rest will be easy. If it's expensive, it will be long - you even can't burn dynojuice or coal on Mars as it is now.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday October 05 2018, @10:22AM (5 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 05 2018, @10:22AM (#744568) Journal

    You are still ignoring the most restrictive factor for Mars colonization: energy - the controllable kind and plenty.

    Solar works on Mars. I bet we could get fission, geothermal, and (in Martian summer) wind too.

    • (Score: 1) by Muad'Dave on Friday October 05 2018, @01:29PM (1 child)

      by Muad'Dave (1413) on Friday October 05 2018, @01:29PM (#744600)

      Solar works on Mars.

      Except when there's a month long, planet-wide dust storm [space.com].

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday October 06 2018, @12:36AM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 06 2018, @12:36AM (#744866) Journal
        It doesn't work as well during those month-long storms. Wind power probably would be a good supplement during those times.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 05 2018, @06:17PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 05 2018, @06:17PM (#744744)

      Mars' core is dead, how would you get geothermal?

      • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 05 2018, @07:29PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 05 2018, @07:29PM (#744764)

        He said geothermal, not areothermal; Mars's core has nothing to do with it. There's plenty of heat differential to be tapped between Earth's surface and Earth's mantle, all you need is some really long and bendy heat-pipes to reach them from Mars.

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday October 06 2018, @12:36AM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 06 2018, @12:36AM (#744865) Journal
        Heat differential between Mars's surface and deeper down. The core is frozen solid, but it still has considerable heat.