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Jeff Bezos predicts humans born in space will ‘visit Earth the way you visit Yellowstone’

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos speaks after receiving the 2019 International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Excellence in Industry Award during the the 70th International Astronautical Congress at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on October 22, 2019.  MANDEL NGAN/ Getty

Story at a glance

  • Jeff Bezos, founder of space company Blue Origin, discussed his view on the future of space at the 2021 Ignatius Forum on Wednesday.
  • Bezos projected that centuries from now humans will colonize space.
  • Eventually, he believes humans may be born in space and visit Earth as tourists.

Jeff Bezos believes humans will eventually colonize space and visit Earth like tourists.

Bezos, who founded space company Blue Origin, spoke on Wednesday at the 2021 Ignatius Forum in Washington, D.C., and discussed how he viewed the future of space and the role Earth will play.

During an interview discussion, Bezos argued that Earth is too small to sustain civilization’s need for growth and energy and that eventually most of that growth will need to be done, “off planet.” 

To Bezos, that would mean humans eventually building life in space. 

“This Earth can support 10 billion people. The solar system can support a trillion people, and we can continue to grow our civilization and grow our energy intensity,” said Bezos.


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Centuries from now, Bezos projected that millions of people will move from Earth to space and some people will even be born in space, making space their first home. Earth would become a tourist attraction, with Bezos describing it as, “they may visit Earth the way you would visit Yellowstone National Park.” 

Giving an example, Bezos described that space colonies could be miles long and would rotate to simulate artificial gravity. They would also have rivers and forests.

Bezos even went so far as to extrapolate with the idea of extraterrestrial life, by asking, “how could there not be?” 

“There are so many stars just in this galaxy and then so many galaxies, the odds that we are the only intelligent life in the universe seems vanishingly small to me,” said Bezos. 

Midway through his interview, Bezos acknowledged his ideas of the future of space sounded fantastical but argued they can come true. That’s where Bezos’s space company Blue Origin came into play, which he viewed as, “a road to space so future generations can build life in space.”


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