Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin Making Big Spaceflight Announcement Today – Space.com


Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder and CEO of Amazon.com, is also the founder of the private commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin.


Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder and CEO of Amazon.com, is also the founder of the private commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin.

(Image: © Blue Origin)

Jeff Bezoswill reveal some news today (May 9) about the final frontier. 

The world’s richest man will speak to the media at 4 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) in Washington, D.C., about his spaceflight company,Blue Origin. During the event, “we will give you an update on our progress and share our vision of going to space to benefit Earth,” Blue Origin representatives said in a media advisory. 

They didn’t provide any further details. But there’s reason to suspect the topicmay be lunar exploration. On April 26, Blue Origin tweeted a photo of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, along with the digits “5.9.19” — a reference to today’s date.

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Shackleton’s name graces a crater at the moon’s south pole that’s thought to harbor lots of water ice on its permanently shadowed floor. Indeed, theShackleton Craterregion is often floated as a good spot for a lunar outpost.

5.9.19 pic.twitter.com/BzvwCsDM2TApril 26, 2019

And Blue Origin is interested in the moon. The company is developing a lunar lander calledBlue Moon, which will be able to deliver about 5 tons (4.5 metric tons) of payload to the moon’s surface

Blue Origin is also working on a rocket called New Armstrong, about which very little is known. But the names the company chooses for its vehicles tend to reveal their destinations. For example, Blue Origin calls its suborbital spaceflight systemNew Shepard, after NASA astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to reach suborbital space. The company’s orbital rocket is New Glenn, which honors John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth.

And New Armstrong is, obviously, named after Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

Space.com will be at today’s event, so we’ll see in a few hours if this speculation was on target or not. Stay tuned!

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