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Jeff Bezos shares his predictions of future space colonies on the moon and Mars at aviation gala

Jeff Bezos had his head in the clouds at his first public appearance since the revelation of his affair with a former Fox anchor, telling an audience of aviators that in the next few hundred years humans will build on the moon and Mars, and live in giant space stations with lakes and rivers.

The Amazon founder skipped the red carpet and snuck in a back entrance at the 16th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills on Friday night.

Though he had a table with nine guests for the event where he received a ‘Freedom Wings Award’, his helicopter pilot girlfriend Lauren Sanchez was nowhere to be seen.

But despite the media storm that broke when he announced his divorce from wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, hours before his months-long affair with Sanchez was revealed, Bezos appeared relaxed as he gave a ‘fireside chat’ at the Aviation Awards.

Jeff Bezos relished in the spotlight as he accepted the inaugural ‘Jeff Bezos Freedom’s Wings Award’ at the Living Legends of Aviation honors at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Friday night, his first public appearance since the revelation of his affair with a former Fox anchor. During a ‘fireside chat’ with the audience of aviators, alongside the night’s host John Travolta, Bezos expressed excitement that in the next few hundred years humans will build on the moon and Mars and live in space stations

The bookstore billionaire was presented his award, delivered to him on stage in a cardboard Amazon delivery box amid chuckles from the audience, for 'advancing the principles of freedom in business and his personal endeavors'

Bezos raises a glass while Travolta addresses the audience

The bookstore billionaire was presented his award, delivered to him on stage in a cardboard Amazon delivery box amid chuckles from the audience, for ‘advancing the principles of freedom in business and his personal endeavors’

Bezos and Travolta enjoy a toast alongside other medal-adorned honorees Joe Clark (left) and Tom Enders (right)

Bezos and Travolta enjoy a toast alongside other medal-adorned honorees Joe Clark (left) and Tom Enders (right)

The bookstore billionaire was presented his award, delivered to him on stage in a cardboard Amazon delivery box amid chuckles from the audience, for ‘advancing the principles of freedom in business and his personal endeavors.’

Joining him at the awards were keen aviators John Travolta and Harrison Ford, who hosted the bash, as well as Nasa superstar Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon.

The event was also Travolta’s first public appearance after a momentus life change – the star ditched his notorious toupees for a striking bald head and beard, much to the approval of his fans.

The event was also Travolta's first public appearance after a momentus life change – the star ditched his notorious toupees for a striking bald head and beard, much to the approval of his fans

The event was also Travolta’s first public appearance after a momentus life change – the star ditched his notorious toupees for a striking bald head and beard, much to the approval of his fans

Exclusive video obtained by DailyMail.com shows Bezos speaking at the awards, where he explained his vision for humans to live in space in just five generations time.

‘We could have a trillion humans in the solar system, we could have a thousand Mozarts and a thousand Einsteins, that’s the world I want my grandchildren’s grandchildren to live in,’ he told the audience.

‘This isn’t a problem for anybody in this room. We’re fine. But we have to set things up for future generations as well. And if you want them to be free, they do have to be able to leave this planet.’ 

The richest man on earth said his space exploration company, Blue Origin, first plans to launch ‘suborbital tourism’, taking people into space regularly in reusable rockets, to get practice for his bigger dream of building permanent colonies on the moon, mars, and in giant space stations.

‘What we’re really trying to do is lower the cost of access to space dramatically, because we really want the next generation of entrepreneurs to be able to do in space what I have personally witnessed happen over the last two decades on the internet,’ said Bezos.

Exclusive video obtained by DailyMail.com shows Bezos speaking at the awards, where he explained his vision for humans to live in space in just five generations time. 'We could have a trillion humans in the solar system, we could have a thousand Mozarts and a thousand Einsteins, that's the world I want my grandchildren's grandchildren to live in,' he told the audience 

Exclusive video obtained by DailyMail.com shows Bezos speaking at the awards, where he explained his vision for humans to live in space in just five generations time. ‘We could have a trillion humans in the solar system, we could have a thousand Mozarts and a thousand Einsteins, that’s the world I want my grandchildren’s grandchildren to live in,’ he told the audience 

Bezos showed the audience videos of Blue Origins projects, including a rocket engine burning a huge blue flame with 450,000lbs of thrust, and a rocket launched into the atmosphere then landing softly and upright on a landing pad, a prototype for his reusable 'suborbital tourism' rockets 

Bezos showed the audience videos of Blue Origins projects, including a rocket engine burning a huge blue flame with 450,000lbs of thrust, and a rocket launched into the atmosphere then landing softly and upright on a landing pad, a prototype for his reusable ‘suborbital tourism’ rockets 

The Amazon founder said he was inspired to pursue science and engineering by the 1969 moon landing, and plans to eventually build permanent settlements there.

‘It’s time to go back to the moon. It’s time to stay. We shouldn’t do an expedition. When we do that, we will find it’s a very useful place to build all kinds of things we will use to explore the solar system,’ he said.

‘We really need to figure out how to build space colonies, giant colonies. Picture rivers and lakes and so on,’ Bezos added. ‘We’re going to do that with space resources, we’re not going to lift all of that off Earth. And that’s where we will house a trillion people.’

Bezos cautioned that there is currently too much focus on visiting Mars, and that the red planet doesn’t provide a habitable place for humans in the long term.

‘We don’t really want to move to Mars. If any of your friends get excited about moving to Mars tell the to do a little experiment first just to check that they’re right. Go and live on top of mount Everest for a year because that’s a garden of paradise compared to Mars,’ he joked.

Bezos showed the audience videos of Blue Origins projects, including a rocket engine burning a huge blue flame with 450,000lbs of thrust, and a rocket launched into the atmosphere then landing softly and upright on a landing pad, a prototype for his reusable ‘suborbital tourism’ rockets.

Bezos said the rocket is designed to carry six passengers, though in the video it only housed a crash dummy which his team have named Mannikin Skywalker – a humorous reference to the Star Wars character Anakin Skywalker. 

The Amazon CEO sported a sleek tuxedo as he posed for photos at the event for Living Legends of Aviation on Friday night 

The Amazon CEO sported a sleek tuxedo as he posed for photos at the event for Living Legends of Aviation on Friday night 

A few pieces of artwork featuring Bezos were auctioned off at the event, including an imaginative painting of him surfing on a rocket

Another shows him on his ranch in Texas, where his spaceflight company Blue Origin is based

A few pieces of artwork featuring Bezos were auctioned off at the event, including an imaginative painting of him surfing on a rocket (left) and one of him on his ranch in Texas, where his spaceflight company Blue Origin is based (right)

The Amazon CEO sported a sleek tuxedo as he posed for photos at the event for Living Legends of Aviation, which according to its website, honors ‘remarkable people of extraordinary accomplishment in aviation including: entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, astronauts, record breakers, pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots. 

‘The Legends meet yearly to recognize and honor individuals that have made significant contributions in aviation’.  

Photographer Hayman Tam shared photos from preparations for the ceremony. He included photos of artwork depicting Bezos that will be auctioned off at the event. 

‘Some very nice aviation art that will be auctioned off during the Living Legends of Aviation®️ awards event. Jeff Bezos is one of this year’s inductees,’ he said.

Not in attendance at the event was Bezos' new love, TV anchor Sanchez. They are pictured together at an event in 2016

Not in attendance at the event was Bezos’ new love, TV anchor Sanchez. They are pictured together at an event in 2016

Friday night was the first time the 55-year-old was seen since he and wife MacKenzie Bezos announced their divorce 

Friday night was the first time the 55-year-old was seen since he and wife MacKenzie Bezos announced their divorce 

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