Elon Musk mocks Jeff Bezos' Blue Moon lander in cheeky tweet

The SpaceX boss tweaks a photo of his Blue Origin rival's new toy.

SpaceX boss Elon Musk had a mocking reaction to Jeff Bezos' Blue Moon lander.
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Elon Musk took a shot at fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos' space colony dreams late Thursday with an altered photo.

The SpaceX founder tweeted a screen grab of a New York Times article about the Blue Moon lunar lander with the word "Moon" crudely wiped off the photo and replaced with "Balls."

"Oh stop teasing, Jeff," Musk wrote, adding a winky emoji.

Amazon founder Bezos unveiled the lander and his dream of colonizing the moon at a Washington DC event on Thursday. Bezos may be the world's richest person, but Musk's company is further along in developing larger rockets for orbital space travel. Musk last year outlined his plans to colonize Mars.

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In April, Musk shared a rendering of SpaceX's sleek Starship sitting on the moon's surface, but the company hasn't announced plans to bring people to our lunar neighbor -- it's aiming to send artists on a trip around the moon in 2023. Bezos wants to bring people to the surface by 2024.

On Thursday, Musk told a Twitter follower that we can expect the next Starship update around June 20.

Blue Origin didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

First published at 2:52 a.m. PT.
Updated at 3:32 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.