Billionaire Space Battle: Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk Trade Barbs About Exploration Plans

Elon Musk CEO of Tesla

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos traded barbs about their competing space exploration plans this week in a clash of the space-obsessed billionaires.

Business Insider reports that Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos exchanged comments about each other’s attempts to explore space at a recent event. At an event in Washington D.C., Bezos revealed new plans to put people on the moon displaying a new lunar-landing vehicle which has been named “Blue Moon.”

The Blue Moon lunar lander is being developed by Bezos’ space exploration company Blue Origin and aims to establish a “sustained human presence” on the moon. “It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay,” Bezos said. During the event, Bezos appeared to take a swipe at Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s ambitions to colonize Mars. In a slide, Bezos pointed out issues with Musk’s red planet mission and suggested that the moon was a much more realistic ambition.

The slide reportedly noted that a trip to Mars is a “round-trip on the order of years,” adding another issue of “no real-time communication.” Musk turned to Twitter to respond as is his habit. “Competition is good. Results in a better outcome for all,” Musk tweeted initially before taking a swipe at the name of Bezos’ new lunar-lander stating “Putting the word ‘Blue’ on a ball is questionable branding.”

Musk later tweeted a picture of Bezos standing in front of the new lunar-landing vehicle, commenting  “Oh stop teasing, Jeff ” Musk has previously taken swipes at Bezos, branding him a copycat for planning to launch thousands of satellites that would deliver high-speed internet across the world. SpaceX was reportedly working on a similar project.
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