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Jeff Bezos holds the aviation glasses that belonged to Amelia Earhart during a press conference in July. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has filed a complaint in federal court against NASA over the agency's decision to award SpaceX a contract to build a spacecraft that will carry astronauts to the Moon's surface as part of the Artemis program.

Why it matters: The complaint is a continuation of Blue Origin's campaign against NASA's awarding of the $2.89 billion contract to SpaceX, which Bezos' company disputed with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) earlier this year.

What they're saying: “Blue Origin filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in an attempt to remedy the flaws in the acquisition process found in NASA’s Human Landing System," the company said in a statement Monday.

  • "We firmly believe that the issues identified in this procurement and its outcomes must be addressed to restore fairness, create competition, and ensure a safe return to the Moon for America," it added.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Miriam Kramer: It’s not clear what will come from Blue Origin’s all-out effort to get a contract from NASA to land the agency's astronauts on the surface of the Moon.

  • Along with the unsuccessful GAO protest, Bezos also offered to foot the bill for a major part of the lander’s development.
  • This most recent escalation could also delay SpaceX’s contract further, as the suit is being resolved, potentially delaying NASA’s lunar plans.

The big picture: NASA ordered SpaceX to pause its work on the lunar lander after Blue Origin disputed the contract with the GAO.

  • Blue Origin recently completed its first human flight using its suborbital system last month.

Go deeper: Boeing's Starliner to return to factory after valve issue scrubs test launch

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Oct 14, 2021 - Health

Big raises for CEOs of the big Blues plans

Photo: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The CEOs of several Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance companies received significant pay raises and bonuses in 2020, according to an analysis by AIS Health.

Why it matters: The not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers keep executive compensation more hidden than publicly traded insurers. And the data show pay increased during the pandemic, as insurers retained higher profits due to people delaying care.

Updated 43 seconds ago - World

Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and planned to travel to another destination afterward when the gang abducted them in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne's spent longer under lockdowns than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.