Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos wants to colonize the solar system, and has a few tips for NASA

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Sep 26, 2016, 1:27 PM EDT (Updated)

Blue Origin is developing some ambitious tech that could help us explore the solar system in the next few decades, and founder Jeff Bezos has some thoughts on where we’re going next.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Bezos said he longs for the day when humanity has spread across the solar system and inhabited every planet or moon we can conceivably live on. Bezos said he sees it as a matter of numbers, and the more planets we can colonize, the more humans can exist. The more humans, the more brains. The more brains, the better our chances are of inventing even more cool stuff and keeping our species moving forward.

To do that, Bezos said he believes NASA should kick some resources into developing a “space-rated nuclear reactor” they can use to keep us trucking once we’ve already reached the Red Planet.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“I wish there were a trillion humans in the solar system. Think how cool that would be. You’d have a thousand Einsteins at any given moment—and more. There would be so much dynamism with all of that human intelligence. But you can’t do that with the resources on Earth or the energy on earth. So if you really want to see that kind of dynamic civilization as we expand through the solar system, you have to figure out how to safely move around and use resources that you get in space…

I think NASA should work on a space-rated nuclear reactor. If you had a nuclear reactor in space-- especially if you want to go anywhere beyond Mars, you really need nuclear power. Solar power just gets progressively difficult as you get further way from the sun. And that’s a completely doable thing to have a safe, space-qualified nuclear reactor.”

What do you think of Bezos’ plan? Is he just dreaming, or do you think we can get there in a few centuries (or decades!)?

(Via Washington Post)

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