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Saturday March 04, 2017

Amazon Announces Plans to Ship Packages to the Moon by 2020

How much will next-day delivery cost? Jeff Bezos is big on the idea of returning to the moon, particularly for the purpose of establishing a permanent settlement, and he wants to fulfill that agenda with "an Amazon-like shipment service for the moon that would deliver gear for experiments, cargo and habitats." A lunar settlement sounds neat, but how much do you think it would cost to sustain something like that?

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Jeffrey P. Bezos [and his] space company Blue Origin [is interested] in developing a lunar spacecraft with a lander that would touch down near a crater at the south pole where there is water and nearly continuous sunlight for solar energy. The memo urges the space agency to back an Amazon-like shipment service for the moon that would deliver gear for experiments, cargo and habitats by mid-2020, helping to enable "future human settlement" of the moon. (Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, owns The Washington Post.)

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