Musk won the NASA contract to go to the moon, rich Bezos is not convinced, to challenge

In response to U.S. tech tycoon Musk’s SpaceX winning the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract for the moon landing program, rival Blue Origin, founded by Bezos, is now formally challenging.

Reuters reports that Musk (Elon Musk) and Bezos (Jeff Bezos) are two of the world’s richest men, and both are battling it out in a fierce global space race, trying to win contracts from government agencies and corporations.

NASA announced on the 16th of this month that it had decided to sign a $2.9 billion (NT$81.9 billion) contract with SpaceX to commission a manned spacecraft to return to the moon, and SpaceX beat out rivals including Blue Source and Dynetics, an applied science and information technology company.

Blue Source announced today that it has filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, accusing NASA of changing the terms of the contract at the last minute.

In response, Musk fired back in a related tweet saying, “Can’t get on (orbit), lol (hahaha).”

He did not elaborate further in the tweet string, only posting a screenshot of a 2019 Bezos report revealing the Blue Origin lunar lander.