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Jeff Bezos, chairman of Amazon and founder of Blue Origin, revealed “Blue Moon,” the space company’s lunar lander for the very first time on Thursday. “This vehicle is going to the moon. We were given a gift — this nearby body called the moon. [Getting resources from the moon] takes 24 times less energy to get it off the surface compared to the Earth…that is a huge lever. It’s time to go back to the moon and this time stay,” said Bezos said. Read more to see the BE-7 rocket engine and for additional information.
New BE7 engine, going to hot fire it for the first time this summer pic.twitter.com/Kw3VJk71zW
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“Blue Origin’s most visible program has been its New Shepard rocket system, which the company is developing to send tourists to the edge of space for 10 minutes. New Shepard has flown on 11 test flights, with its capsule, built to carry six passengers, reaching an altitude of more than 350,000. The capsule features massive windows, providing expansive views of the Earth once in space. The company plans to send its first humans onboard a New Shepard rocket sometime in the next year,” reports CNBC.