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Apollo 11 engines discovered on sea floor

By T.K. Randall
July 23, 2013 · Comment icon 9 comments

Image Credit: NASA
Engine parts found during underwater exploration have turned out to be from the first Moon landing.
The discovery was made by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his team during an expedition to recover and conserve technological treasures from the bottom of the Atlantic. It wasn't until the engine parts had been hauled up and examined that their significance could be determined - they were part of the Saturn V rocket that carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the Moon aboard Apollo 11.

Speaking on Friday Bezos commented on the find. "44 years ago tomorrow Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, and now we have recovered a critical technological marvel that made it all possible," he said. "The technology used for the recovery is in its own way as otherworldly as the Apollo technology itself."
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos rescued sunken treasure in the Atlantic this year: components of two F-1 rocket engines. Now he says he has verified that they are engines from Apollo 11, the first mission that took U. S. astronauts to the moon.


Source: CNN | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by shrooma 11 years ago
well, i was gonna say 'bet they end up on ebay', but with the guy who found them being the owner of amazon.com.....
Comment icon #2 Posted by moonshadow60 11 years ago
Technically, don't the engine parts belong to NASA?
Comment icon #3 Posted by shrooma 11 years ago
i dunno MS, i'm not sure how salvage rights work, or if after 40yrs 'finders keepers' would come into play?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 11 years ago
Technically, don't the engine parts belong to NASA? Yes, but this salvage was done with NASA's permission and cooperation. The project is not being done for commercial gain and the engines will be displayed in museums.
Comment icon #5 Posted by moonshadow60 11 years ago
Excellent! I probably could have read the article better with my specs on. Thank you.
Comment icon #6 Posted by coolguy 11 years ago
Great find I hope they put these in museums.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Antilles 11 years ago
Just a note. 24 July 1969 Apollo 11 splashed down into the Pacific. What an awesome experience for Collins, Aldrin and Armstrong. What an awesome experience for the world. What's happened? 40 years later, 2 shuttle disasters, Concorde scrapped. Do we have The Right Stuff anymore?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 11 years ago
Do we have The Right Stuff anymore? If you want to know if we have the right stuff watch the ISS go overhead and remember it contains a crew of six from all around the world. Now ask if we are electing politicians with the right stuff and you might get a totally different answer.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Vigilanis 11 years ago
Great find, glad to see some of the slowly dwindling backwards slide of our space exploration is now recovered and preserved!


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