World conquest is just not enough for multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos, whose current net worth sits at $133 billion. While Amazon workers pee in bottles to meet quotas, Bezos is scheming up a plan to colonize the moon within the next few decades.
Bezos is so dedicated to this mission that he’s prepared to do sans NASA with his aerospace company Blue Origin, according to Tech Crunch. While speaking at the Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, Bezos talked passionately about his ambitions for expanding heavy industry to the moon, which he argues will help conserve resources on earth.
“In the not-too-distant future—I’m talking decades, maybe 100 years it’ll start to be easier to do a lot of the things that we currently do on Earth in space because we’ll have so much energy,” he said. “We will have to leave this planet. We’re going to leave it, and it’s going to make this planet better.”
Lunar manufacturing is a no-brainer for Bezos since it offers 24/7 sunlight for solar energy and water underneath the surface. “It’s almost like somebody set this up for us,” he said.
The Amazon founder and CEO already proposed a partnership with NASA to test out the possibilities of moon manufacturing and colonization. “We will have to leave this planet,” Bezos said. “We’re going to leave it, and it’s going to make this planet better. We’ll come and go, and the people who want to stay, will stay.”
Despite his enthusiasm, the reality is that colonizing the moon to manufacture your favorite Amazon products is still a ways off. The rockets currently made by Blue Origin are only sub-orbital. In the meantime, Bezos is still dreaming and plotting over future lunar villages, a utopia where everyone is willing to share powdered eggs with their neighbors.
“The Moon Village concept has a nice property in that everybody basically just says, look, everybody builds their own lunar outpost, but let’s do it close to each other," Bezos said. "That way, if you need a cup of sugar, you can go over to the European Union lunar outpost and say, ‘I got my powdered eggs, what have you got?'”