Bezos Kicks Off Club for the Future with Old Fashioned Postal Plan

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

In addition to re-unveiling Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lunar lander last week, Jeff Bezos launched a venture called the Club for the Future to get students, parents and educators excited about his bold vision for colonizing space and preserving the Earth for future generations.

The club’s first venture aimed at kids who grew up with e-mail, instant messaging, laptops and tablets involves some old fashioned communication:

Draw or write your vision of millions of people living and working in space on the blank side of a self-addressed, stamped postcard, and send it to us. We’ll pack the first 10,000 postcards received before July 20, 2019 inside the Crew Capsule on an upcoming New Shepard flight. Your idea will launch into space! Once New Shepard returns to Earth, we’ll send your postcard back to you, officially stamped “flown to space.” To participate, follow our step-by-step guide below.

It’s a cool idea, getting something that has flown in space. However, I’m guessing a fair number of kids might never have actually mailed a postcard or bought a stamp. Fortunately, Bezos has laid out details on the terms and conditions page.

And what in addition to publicity will Blue Origin get out of it? Free art to use in its promotional campaigns.

I understand and agree that the text, photographs, drawings, and/or creations contained in or affixed to the Space Mail or other CFTF events or activities may be used in the production of promotional materials, on their respective websites, and for other purposes that CFTF or Blue Origin deems appropriate and that such materials may be distributed to the public and displayed publicly one or more times and in different formats, including but not limited to, print, online and video-based marketing, advertising, and fundraising, and in publications and promotional videos as related to CFTF or Blue Origin and its affiliates.

It will be interesting to see what sorts of art is produced by this competition.

  • ThomasLMatula

    This will be a good measure of seeing how many kids are interested in space on their own, beyond the usual STEM activities in school. Yes, educators are being allowed to join, but most likely the teachers will be too busy preparing their kids for the standardized tests to add it so late in the school year. But it’s a star
    and an element of space advocacy that has been needed for a long time.

  • duheagle

    Bezos should make this something akin to Boy/Girl Scouts in Space with regular chapter meetings, uniforms, ranks, merit badge projects, etc. There could be a national, or even international, Jamboree every year at the Van Horn “ranch” with the most outstanding “Scouts” given free rides to space on New Shepard.

  • publiusr

    Like the scholars bowl–this will not get the attention athletics programs get. The funding level there is disgusting.

  • duheagle

    That’s true of a lot of things, including Scouting, band, orchestra, chorale, glee club, AV club, Mathletes, National Honor Society, chess club, debate and forensics. Nothing in public schools gets as much finding as athletics. Good luck changing that. Easier to get to the frickin’ Moon. Public schools spend on what parents most want. That is pretty consistently – athletics.