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Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

Technology
Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft that aims to take equipment and humans to the Moon by 2024.The unmanned, reusable Blue Moon vehicle will carry scientific instruments, satellites and rovers.It will feature a new rocket engine called BE-7 that can blast 10,000lb (4,535kg) of thrust."It's time to go back to the Moon, this time to stay," said Mr Bezos.Mr Bezos presented the Moon goals of his space exploration company Blue Origin at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, to an audience consisting of potential customers and officials from Nasa. The Blue Moon lunar lander comes loaded with enough fuel to get from Earth to the Moon.It can deliver payloads to the lunar surface, deploy up to four se...
How Jeff Bezos took Amazon to the top

How Jeff Bezos took Amazon to the top

Business
Perhaps Jeff Bezos had a crystal ball. Two decades ago, he foresaw a future when a click would conjure anything from pet food to caviar; malls would fade in popularity; and shops would have to offer entertainment or convenience to survive.Then he built an empire in that image.Amazon, which he founded in 1994, is now vying to become the world's first trillion dollar company, having transformed from niche second-hand book seller to global jack-of-all trades.But Mr Bezos, now the world's richest person, claims higher aims than just reshaping the world's retail market. He privately owns the Washington Post newspaper. His aerospace firm, Blue Origin, plans to sell tickets for...