Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Ocean Floor
Massive engines that launched astronauts to the moon in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission were recovered by a private expedition led by the founder of Amazon.com.
“We found so much,” said Jeff Bezos, the online retailer’s CEO, in an update posted Wednesday (March 20) on the Bezos Expeditions website. “We have seen an underwater wonderland – an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program.”
Once the engine parts are back on land, they will undergo a restoration to prevent further corrosion, Space.com reports.
Photo: The thrust chamber of one of five first stage F-1 rocket engines used to launch one of NASA’s mighty Saturn V rocket on a historic Apollo moon mission is seen on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean in this Bezos Expeditions image, via Space.com.