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Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin released their first moon lander, Blue Moon.

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Have Blue Origin published anything about their reasons for going to the moon?

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    $\begingroup$ Probably because Jeff Bezos wants Blue Origin to want to got to the Moon. $\endgroup$ – uhoh May 12 at 9:41
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    $\begingroup$ They showed a mockup of their proposed lander. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble May 12 at 12:17
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    $\begingroup$ I'd speculate both Bezos and Musk have similar motivations for their respective space ambitions (Moon for Bezos/Blue Origin, Mars for Musk/SpaceX)... in part because they are space geeks and in part because they both see commercial opportunities in providing space systems and/or space transportation to government(s) and/or private entities. Space technology used to be the realm of a chosen few military contractors like Boeing and Thiokol but things are changing; Bezos/Musk want to get out in front of that change. $\endgroup$ – Anthony X May 12 at 14:44
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    $\begingroup$ I've edited the question to make it more factual and less opinion-based. Hope this still respects the original poster's intent. $\endgroup$ – Steve Linton May 12 at 19:56
  • $\begingroup$ @AnthonyX I think that both of them are aliens and their fortunes are a means to an end. $\endgroup$ – uhoh May 12 at 23:17
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Let's look at the company's webpage for the Blue Moon mission. At the very bottom, they clearly state:

For interest in flying on Mission One or future lunar transport services, please email (redacted)

So they are trying to sell space for people or payloads who want to go to the moon. The same page has sections "Large Lunar Landing Payload Capability" and "Ample Power for Payloads", which further supports that premise.

The system appears to be modular. If you want a manned mission, you'll have to pay extra for the return trip:

The larger variant of Blue Moon has been designed to land an ascent vehicle that will allow us to return Americans to the Moon by 2024.

On another page, they seem to think that NASA will be one of their customers:

Blue also announced it can meet the current Administration's goal of putting Americans on the Moon by 2024 with the Blue Moon lunar lander.

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Launching resources to build space stations is expensive. This is because gravity on Earth makes it require a lot of energy to get off the ground and into space. The moon has certain resources that are very useful for building, including iron, silicon, water and mercury. There are several reasons why getting these resources from the Moon are better than providing from launch: - The moon's gravity is about 17% that of Earth's, making it cheaper to launch resources of the moon to build structures in space. - It leaves the resources on Earth, to be used for Earth! - It reduces the amount of resources needed to be mined here on Earth, hopefully reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

So the answer: Both to mine the moon for building structures more easily and cheaply in space, and because Bezos has a passion for space and he is absolutely loaded with cash! Hope this helps.

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Because NASA want to be able to go to the Moon, having a concept available is a good way of getting business (be it development or service)

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