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Jeff Besos offers to pay Nasa billions for a new moon landing contract

Jeff Besos was successfully able to go to the space with his company Blue Origin. Companies like SpaceX however owned by Elon Musk have been successfully able to acquire contracts with Nasa allowing them to go to the moon. This allows SpaceX to not only fund but to send their own spaceships and astronauts to the moon with the help of Nasa.

Besos, who recently was able to go to space and is the richest man in the world wanted to sign another contract with Nasa getting permission to land on the moon as well. SpaceX spent 2.98 Billion dollars so far on this contract but who knows how much Besos might pay. “We are convinced that, to advance America’s future in space, NASA must now quickly and assuredly return to the Moon,” Bezos wrote in his open letter to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “All NASA needs to do is take advantage of this offer.” 

This seems to be a last second plea for the use of the blue origin spacecraft as Besos has offered 2 billion in contract payments for the first 2 years.

In his letter, Bezos said the $2 billion offer would “bridge the HLS budgetary funding shortfall” and “get the program back on track right now,” appealing to NASA’s speedy 2024 Moonshot deadline and the agency’s ever-present need for more Artemis funding. Blue Origin’s protest of NASA’s decision halted SpaceX’s $3 billion NASA contract while the GAO adjudicates the facts of the case. The deadline for the GAO’s ruling is August 2nd, or next Monday. That ruling could recommend — but not force — NASA to restart the award program and revise its decision, or dismiss Blue Origin’s protest and resume NASA’s current plan.

Bezos’ $2 billion discount offer is the company’s latest — and arguably its most desperate — effort to give NASA a reason to pick Blue Origin’s Blue Moon proposal. But it isn’t the first personal offer from Bezos. In 2019, on the heels of a flashy reveal of Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lander in Washington, DC, Bezos met with then-NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine at the agency’s headquarters to offer to pay 30 percent of the cost of Blue Origin’s lunar lander demonstration mission, or roughly $200 million at the time, according to three people familiar with the visit.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/26/22594038/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-nasa-lunar-lander-2-billion

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