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Jeff Bezos offered to cover up to $2 billion of NASA costs in exchange for a contract to build a lunar lander to land astronauts on the moon.

The world's richest man Jeff Bezos is desperate to get a pie in the sky and is willing to forego $2 billion for it. Blue Origin founder Bezos has told NASA it will waive fees to in order to secure NASA's contract to develop a human landing system for the moon.

In an open letter to the space agency Bezos questions the decision to award Elon Musk’s SpaceX with a sole $2.89 billion contract to build the next crewed lunar lander under its Human Landing Systems program. He said that NASA “veered from its original dual-source acquisition strategy” when it selected Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies." 

Also watch: Elon Musk wants to go to Jupiter now

Urging NASA to reconsider it's decision Jeff Bezos emphasised  that  “Instead of this single source approach, NASA should embrace its original strategy of competition,” Bezos said. “Without competition, a short time into the contract, NASA will find itself with limited options as it attempts to negotiate missed deadlines, design changes, and cost overruns.”

Making a case to select/consider Bezos' space firm, the tech pioneer said that Blue Origin will accept a firm, fixed-priced contract for this work, cover any system development cost overruns, and shield NASA from partner cost escalation concerns.

Read the full letter here: Bezos to NASA

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