The Amazon entrepreneur unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft Blue Moon, in Washington on Oct. 22, 2019, announcing, “It’s time to go back to the moon — this time to stay.”
Born on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in Houston, Texas; Bezos is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is also the founder, CEO, and president of Amazon.com, Inc.
He graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked on Wall Street in a variety of related fields from 1986 to early 1994.
Bezos founded the online retailer Amazon in late 1994 on a cross-country road trip from New York City to Seattle. The company began as an online bookstore and has since expanded to a wide variety of other e-commerce products and services, including video and audio streaming, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence.
It is currently the world’s largest online sales company — the largest internet company by revenue, as well as the world’s largest provider of AI assistance and cloud infrastructure services via its Amazon Web Services arm.
Bezos added to his business interests when he founded the aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services company Blue Origin in 2000. A Blue Origin test flight successfully first reached space in 2015, and the company has plans to begin commercial suborbital human spaceflight in 2019.
On Oct. 22, Bezos unveiled the Blue Origin’s Dream Team to Land NASA Astronauts on the Moon, with a mockup of the company’s Blue Moon robotic lunar lander to carry NASA astronauts there.
His space company Blue Origin is in prime position to land on the moon — quite literally. Boeing and Lockheed are now building a rocket called the Space Launch System and spacecraft called Orion to carry astronauts from Earth to the Lunar Gateway.