Yesterday, the Amazon storm took Jeff Bezos the stage in Washington, DC to reveal Blue Moon, the first lunar lander from his company Blue Origin. Bezos wants to take things and people! -To the moon. I'm so into this.
Bezos has banked Blue Origin for almost 19 years with the goal of making space travel both cheaper and more reliable. The ultimate goal is to allow private travel to space, where Bezos one day hopes to colonize. "It's time to go back to the moon, this time to stay," Bezos said yesterday during the announcement. Blue Moon is the first step in making that dream a reality.
Blue Moon landers will be able to navigate automatically and accommodate up to 6.5 tons on the lunar surface. And Bezos wants to get it there until 2024 – the same year NASA plans to return to the moon. They should have a moon party. It would be neat.
So why does Bezos think the moon can carry people? Because it is ice, it is close, and getting resources from the earth to the moon is "easy" because of low gravity. According to Bezos, "this is Maui's best day all year round. No rain, no storms, no earthquakes." I mean, when you say that way, who wouldn't want to go?
Bezos is not the only ultra-rich man in the world who tries to make it into space, either. Elon Musk has Space X, who has already succeeded in launching and landing with Falcon Heavy and Virgin Group Wildman Richard Branson has Virgin Galactic with the goal of building a commercial spacecraft to help people travel in places that are not land.
But seriously, it's cool. If anyone had told the 12-year-old that we would talk about sending people to the moon to just hang out, I would have freaked out. If we can only learn from the mistakes we have made here on earth for not, you understand, destroy other planets, it would be good. [Wired, The Verge, CNET]
In other news
Virtual desktops come to Chrome OS in version 76, Google is ready to accept cash payments in the Play Store, Apple wants you to "do one last good thing" with your iPhone and more.
- Virtual desktop computers in Chrome OS will be available in 76: We have closely followed the development of virtual desktops in Chrome OS and it seems that they are getting pretty close to prime time. According to a Google I / O development session this week, they will be available from Chrome OS 76. Awesome. [About Chromebooks]
- Money in Google Play: A new feature called "deferred payment" lets users buy apps and then pay for them later by entering a convenience store and dropping money. [Android Police]
- Apple wants you to shop in your iPhone: When it's time to get a new iPhone, Apple wants you to shop your old one so it can be refurbished and "put it back in the world". Or, if it is at the end of his life, is recycled. The new ad that speaks the trading program is seriously one of the best ads I've ever seen. Really tugs on the heart strings. Well done, Apple. [YouTube]
- Netflix buys StoryBots: If you have young children you have probably seen StoryBots on Netflix (maybe even several times). Good news! Netflix bought the brand so that these small robots will become a cornerstone of the streaming service. My little guy loves it, so I'm happy about this. [Engadget]
- iFixit tears down in Pixel 3a: It turns out that it is more repairable than Pixel 3 because it is made of plastic and lacks water resistance. Yet it only received a 6/10 for repairability. [CNET]
- On I / O, Google Fuchsia speaks: Android and Chrome management Hiroshi Lockheimer opened up Google's "secret" project Fuchsia at Google I / O, saying that "Fuchsia is about just driving the state of the art" and not about replacing Android or Chrome OS. Curious. [The Verge]
If you do not regret buying a brand new iPod when Steve Jobs announced it first, we have good news for you. One coin, factory sealed original iPod is on sale on eBay. It has been in a box, unopened and waiting for someone to buy it for 18 long years. And right now it might be yours for just $ 19,995. Which chap. ! [eBay via MacRumors]