Amazon owner announces plan to send a spaceship to the moon

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Jeff Bezos - the richest man in the world - has announced that his space company Blue Origin intends to fly a spaceship to the moon.

The Amazon owner revealed how his spaceship, known as Blue Moon, is capable of carrying four rovers and uses a newly designed rocket engine.

As well as attempting to send this unmanned ship to the moon, he also said Blue Origin could help NASA reach their target of putting astronauts back on the moon by 2024. 

"We can help meet that timeline but only because we started three years ago," Bezos told a Washington DC audience. "It's time to go back to the moon, this time to stay."

Blue Origin is also developing its 'New Shepard' rocket for short space tourism trips and a larger rocket called 'New Glenn' for launching satellites.

The company aims to deliver the New Glenn rocket by 2021, while launching humans in a suborbital flight later this year atop its rocket-and-capsule New Shepard.

Blue Origin has also previously discussed a human outpost on the moon.

Unveiling his moon landing plan, he spoke of the importance of future human colonisation of space and mentioned two important issues: reducing launch costs and using resources already in space.