Jeff Foust writes Bezos made the remarks in an on-stage interview during a lecture at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington Tuesday.
â€œOne thing that the government could do is just offer a very large prize to whoever first brings back some Mars samples,â€ he said.
â€œPeople would compete for it.â€
Bezos, who is also founder of Amazon.com, noted that the space agency could pursue technology development programs in the areas of hypersonic passenger aviation and in-space nuclear reactors, Foust reports.
He said in a Twitter post that Blue Origin is scheduled on June 17 to carry out another flight test of its New Shepard rocket and plans to launch commercial flights in 2018.
â€œWeâ€™ll fly our first test astronauts in late 2017, hopefully, if the test program continues to go well,â€ he added, according to the report.