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The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) a released a 76-page report on July 21, 2021 that ruled in favor of NASA choosing SpaceX as the sole winner of the $2.9 billion Human Landing System (HLS) contract.

In April, NASA awarded the HLS contract to Elon Musk's aerospace company in order for its Starship rocket to land humans on the moon as early as 2024. SpaceX beat its competitors Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics.

In 2019 Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, unveiled a giant lunar lander concept by his spaceflight company, Blue Origin.

Called "Blue Moon," the lander is designed to deliver a variety of sizes and types of payloads to the moon's surface, with the eventual goal of establishing what the company calls a "sustained human presence" on the moon.

Blue Origin said it would continue to challenge NASA's decision and repeated its claims that SpaceX got "preferential treatment."

"We stand by our assessment that SpaceX received preferential treatment," a Blue Origin spokesperson told Insider. "We continue to urge NASA to restore competition and immediately award a second provider."

In response to Blue Origin's statement, tweeted by Washington Post reporter Christian Davenport, Musk tweeted a photo of Blue Moon with the caption: "Somehow, this wasn't convincing..."

The photo of the lunar lander concept, which appears to be taken at a Blue Origin event and shows the middle portion of the lander seemingly deflated, was originally posted on Reddit in 2019.

Elon Musk's SpaceX Awarded NASA Moon-Lander Contract


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