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    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos wants to give NASA US$2 billion to use his rocket company Blue Origin instead of Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Bezos sent NASA Administrator Bill Nelson an open letter on Monday, which said he would cover billions of dollars in the U.S. space agency’s costs. Bezos is hoping that NASA will reconsider Blue Origin for a contract to build a vehicle that will take the next humans to the moon.

    NASA already set a proposal with SpaceX for a US$2.9 billion contract to build the vehicle a few months ago. Originally, the space agency wanted to have two private-sector companies build the spacecraft for the Artemis moon landing mission. But in April they made a surprise announcement to just use SpaceX for financial reasons.

    With Bezos returning from space last week, he wanted to make sure NASA knows money will not come in the way. He wrote, “Blue Origin will bridge the HLS budgetary funding shortfall by waiving all payments in the current and next two government fiscal years up to US$2 billion to get the program back on the right track.”

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