Jeff Bezos, billionaire and entrepreneur, believes that space will become humanity’s home in the future. People will also visit Earth for vacation.

The Blue Origin founder said on Wednesday that in centuries to come, people will be born in space and live in giant floating cylinders that could house up to a million people and re-create Earth’s gravity and environment, with ‘rivers, forests and wildlife’ and regular Terran weather.

Bezos announced his prediction at an unexpected appearance during the discussion on U.S. Space Policy featuring NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines.  

Bezos stated that space will become a home for many over the centuries. They will live in these colonies and then visit Earth as you would, Yellowstone National Park.

This talk was given at Washington Cathedral in the context of the 2021 Ignatius Forum hosted in DC by Adi Ignatius editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review.

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In an appearance in Washington, DC, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos predicted that, 'over centuries, many people will be born in space, it will be their first home'

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos made a prediction in Washington, DC that, over the centuries, many people would be born in Space, and it would be their first home.

Bezos previously mentioned his vision for space habitats called ‘O’Neill colonies.

Business Insider reports that the second-richest man in the world described the three-mile-long Blue Origin cylinders as having high-speed transport and agricultural areas. Some are also designed for recreational use. 

Certain areas might have no gravity, allowing residents to fly leisurely. Others may be similar to Earth metropolises. 

‘This is Maui on its best day, all year long,’ Bezos said of the colonies in 2019, according to The Guardian. ‘No rain. There are no earthquakes. It is going to be a place where people want to live. 

An artist's concept of Bezos' O'Neill space colony, with agriculture and high-speed transport.

A concept by artist of the Bezos’ O’Neill space colony. It includes agriculture and high-speed rail.

Bezos spoke Wednesday about how even Blue Origin was his company name and a reference to Earth being humanity’s birth point.    

The colonies were named after Gerard O’Neill (physicist), who believed that other planets may not be suitable for humans.

Bezos stated Wednesday that he agreed to O’Neill’s suggestion.  

‘Even if you were to terraform Mars or do something very dramatic like that — which could be very, very challenging, by the way — even if you were to do that, that is, at most, a doubling of Earth,’ he said. 

“Then, you can go from 10 billion to 20 billion people.”

His July trip to the other side of Earth was more transformative than he imagined.

He said to the crowd, “The magnitude of that event was so much greater than I could ever have anticipated,” 

In his talk Wednesday, Bezos said future generations born in space colonies would visit Earth the way you would visit, you know, Yellowstone National Park'Yellowstone National Park (pictured)

 In his talk Wednesday, Bezos said future generations born in space colonies would visit Earth the way you would visit, you know, Yellowstone National Park’Yellowstone National Park (pictured)

“It’s such an important shift in perspective, that it shows you in a powerful and emotional manner just how fragile the Earth is. That perspective is something I wish all people could attain.

Bezos claimed that his interest in space exploration began when he was five years old, and Neil Armstrong was the first person to step foot on the Moon.

“I have always longed to own a company such as Blue Origin that would help me build the path to space.

Bezos, a long-time Star Trek fan also made comments on William Shatner’s last month trip aboard the Blue Origin suborbital capsule.

‘I opened the hatch and he came out of that capsule, and he was almost catatonic—he could barely move. When he did start to speak… there were tears moving down his cheek. For him, it was transformative.

Bezos stated that the two men gave one another ‘the gift space’. He gave it in fourth grade to me, while I got it for him in the 90’s.

Bezos, who is 57 years old, confirmed that he believed extraterrestrial life.

Jeff Bezos traveled to space on July 2021 with his younger brother, Mark, a teenage physics student and pioneering astronaut Wally Funk, 82.

Jeff Bezos traveled to space on July 2021 with his younger brother, Mark, a teenage physics student and pioneering astronaut Wally Funk, 82.

“How could it not?” It is amazing how many stars there are in this particular galaxy. Then there’s so many galaxies,” he said.

Blue Origin and Bezos lost last week a suit they filed against NASA for a $3 billion contract SpaceX was awarded by the agency.

Blue Origin initially filed suit against NASA in August, claiming NASA intended to offer multiple contracts for the lunar landing vehicle.

NASA chose SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, to be the only provider of the award worth $2.91 Billion.

Blue Origin spokeswoman said that Blue Origin is committed to Artemis’ success and has a wide base of activity under multiple NASA contracts to help the United States reach its goal of returning to the Moon.

Blue Origin has a contract with NASA to develop sustainable landers and lunar space robots.

Bezos commented publicly on the ruling saying that it was “not the decision.” [Blue Origin]We are happy to accept the decision of the court, but we also respect their judgment and wish NASA and SpaceX all the success with the contract. 


Jeff Bezos in front of Blue Origin's space capsule

Jeff Bezos pictured in front Blue Origin’s space capsule

The ‘NewSpace’ group, Elon Musk, Sir Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson all claim they are inspired by 1969’s first moon landing. It was the moment when the US defeated the Soviet Union in space races.

Amazon founder Bezos looked poised to become the first to go to space. He had announced plans for launch on Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft, July 20. But Branson defeated him.

Virgin Galactic Astronaut001 was the British billionaire who made space in suborbital flight on September 9, nine days ahead of Bezos. He also flew test flights on July 11.

Bezos travelled to space on July 20 with his younger brother Mark, Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old physics student whose dad purchased his ticket, and pioneering female astronaut Wally Funk, 82.

Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, has stated that he would like to travel into space and even “die on Mars”, but he hasn’t said when. However, Virgin Galactic has booked a flight ticket for him with Virgin Galactic.

SpaceX was the first operator of’space tourism to launch a civilian crew into space. The Inspiration4 mission was funded by Jared Isaacman, a billionaire. 

Elon Musk, a space-crazed billionaire and space enthusiast, built a Dragon capsule as well as a SpaceX rocket and launched him for the three-day orbital flight on September 16. He was going higher than the International Space Station. 

SpaceX is leading in the larger billionaire space race, with many launches carrying NASA equipment and partners to take tourists to space.  

On February 6 2018, SpaceX sent rocket towards the orbit of Mars, 140 million miles away, with Musk’s own red Tesla roadster attached. 

Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

Elon Musk in his Dragon Crew capsule

International Space Station, with crew from NASA, ESA and JAXA, the Japanese space agency.|International Space Station, with crew from NASA, ESA and JAXA, the Japanese space agency. 

SpaceX sent 60 satellites in batches into space for Starlink, its beta network that provides fast internet access to rural areas. 

Virgin Galactic is taking a new approach to space exploration. Branson has partnered with Virgin Galactic. It has repeatedly, and successfully, conducted test flights of the Virgin Galactic’s Unity space plane. 

The first took place in December 2018 and the latest on May 22, with the flight accelerating to more than 2,000 miles per hour (Mach 2.7). 

More than 600 affluent customers to date, including celebrities Brad Pitt and Katy Perry, have reserved a $250,000 (£200,000) seat on one of Virgin’s space trips. Final tickets will cost around $350,000.

Branson previously stated that he expected Elon Musk, his private rocket company SpaceX to win the race for Mars. 

Richard Branson with the Virgin Galactic craft

Richard Branson and the Virgin Galactic craft

SpaceShipTwo is capable of carrying six passengers, and can also carry two pilots. Every passenger has the exact same seat position, with 2 large windows: one on the side and one above the head.

It measures 60ft in length and has a cabin measuring 90 inches. This allows astronauts maximum freedom to floate in zero gravity.

Before the engine can ignite, it climbs up to 50.000ft. SpaceShipTwo is separated from White Knight II its carrier craft once it has reached 50 miles.

Astronauts are passengers who reach the Karmanline, the boundary to Earth’s atmospheric atmosphere.

After that, the spaceship will make an orbital flight with about six minutes of weightlessness. The entire flight lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Bezos revealed in April 2017 that he finances Blue Origin with around $1 billion (£720 million) of Amazon stock each year.

It consists of an astronaut capsule with pressurized crew attached to a New Shepard booster rocket.    

The capsule reached 65 miles (104 kms) at its maximum height, just shy of the official space threshold. It landed vertically after seven minutes. 

Blue Origin is currently working on New Glenn. This next-generation heavy lift rocket will be in direct competition with SpaceX Falcon 9.