Fly me to the moon? You don’t have to ask Jeff Bezos twice.
The billionaire tycoon unveiled a lunar lander from his secretive space company Blue Origin for the first time on Thursday — as part of his big plan to send humans to the moon by 2024.
“This is an incredible vehicle and it’s going to the moon,” the jeans- and blazer-clad Amazon CEO said, as he gestured to the two-story-tall spacecraft mock-up.
Dubbed “Blue Moon,” the circular craft is capable of carrying four rovers and “multiple metric tons” of cargo. It is powered by a newly designed rocket engine called BE-7.
A version that can also transport people will follow and “enable a sustained human presence on the moon,” the company said.
The craft’s unveiling took place during a press conference in a dark Washington DC convention ballroom decorated with shimmering stars. Astronauts and space luminaries were also present.