Apollo 11 engines pulled from ocean floor

engines

USA Today:

Two giant rocket engines that launched U.S. astronauts to the moon four decades ago have been recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Canaveral by an expedition paid for by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The F-1 engines, which powered the first-stage Saturn V boosters that fell back to Earth after their fuel was depleted, were found at a depth of 14,000 feet, Bezos’ expedition announced Wednesday.

Remarkable use of private funds to do public good.



  • crabbit_git

    Kudos to Bezos.

    I would hope at least one these engines finds it way to permanent public display somewhere in the US.

    • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

      The story says that at least one of them would go to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

      • http://twitter.com/Moeskido Moeskido

        NASM is a remarkable memorial dedicated to my long-deceased space program. I visit it as often as I can and try not to cry in public while I’m there.