Space & Astronomy
Apollo 11 stage one engines found
By T.K. Randall
March 29, 2012 · 20 comments
Image Credit: NASA
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has discovered the five F-1 engines that launched Apollo 11 in to space.
It's the NASA mission that launched the United States into space history, Apollo 11, and like most other space missions the Apollo astronauts were thrust in to space using conventional rocket engines that would, at a certain altitude, fall away from the main capsule and drop back down to earth, usually landing in the ocean.
Now a private expedition funded by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has uncovered the location of the rocket engines that launched Apollo 11 with the intention of hauling them up from the depths and putting them on display.
When NASA's mighty Saturn V rocket launched the historic Apollo 11 mission to land the first men on the moon in 1969, the five powerful engines that powered the booster's first stage dropped into the Atlantic Ocean and were lost forever. Lost, that is, until now.
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