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Jeff Bezos Resurrects Lost Apollo 11 Engines From Ocean Floor
Mashable ^ | March 20, 2013 | Amanda Wills

Posted on 04/12/2013 6:30:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

The exploration team used Remotely Operated Vehicles to find the engines, which sat on the ocean floor, more than 14,000 feet below sea level. Bezos described the experience as "otherworldly," noting the engines' burial site was eerily similar to space: a feeling of microgravity and a seemingly endless black horizon.

After decades of exposure to the ocean's harsh conditions, the engines are corroded, and many are missing the original serial numbers. This will make the identification process more difficult. Bezos will work with NASA to restore two of the F-1 engines' hardware and prevent further corrosion. They will eventually go on public display.

"Nearly one year ago, Jeff Bezos shared with us his plans to recover F-1 engines that helped power Apollo astronauts to the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a statement. "We share the excitement expressed by Jeff and his team in announcing the recovery of two of the powerful Saturn V first-stage engines from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean."

While Bezos worked closely with NASA on the recovery mission, the effort was 100% privately funded and no public funding was used. However, NASA still claims full ownership of the F-1 engines.

"All of NASA’s interactions were characterized by plain old common sense, something which we all know is impressive and uncommon," wrote Bezos. "We're excited to be bringing a couple of your F-1s home."

This isn't the first space-related project Bezos has sunk his teeth into. The billionaire has his own private space company called Blue Origin and invests heavily in futuristic projects. Last November, Bezos put up $42 million to build a 10,000-year clock in the mountains near one of his homes.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: amazon; apollo; blueorigin; dwightdeisenhower; f1; jeffbezos; nasa; rocketdyne; saturnv
Jeff Bezos Resurrects Lost Apollo 11 Engines From Ocean Floor

1 posted on 04/12/2013 6:30:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos aims to bring up Apollo 11’s sunken engines
Cosmic Log (MSNBC) | 03/28/2012 | Alan Boyle
Posted on 03/28/2012 5:24:03 PM PDT by Pyro7480
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2865187/posts


2 posted on 04/12/2013 6:31:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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http://www.space.com/20358-bezos-apollo-rocket-engines-shore.html

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-amazon-apollo11-engine-recovery-20130320,0,3991677.story

http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/21/mr-amazon-jeff-bezos-recovers-apollo-11-engines-from-atlantic-seabed/


3 posted on 04/12/2013 6:33:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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NASA tests vintage Apollo 11 rocket engine for ideas for new US missions
Fox News | Jan 24, 2013 | AP
Posted on 01/24/2013 5:34:29 PM PST by Islander7
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2981600/posts


4 posted on 04/12/2013 6:33:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

"The precious. We wants it back."

5 posted on 04/12/2013 6:34:16 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I'll go one hundred, that's it.

6 posted on 04/12/2013 6:43:59 PM PDT by Wiggins
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To: SunkenCiv

7 posted on 04/12/2013 6:53:27 PM PDT by Wiggins
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To: SunkenCiv
Last November, Bezos put up $42 million to build a 10,000-year clock in the mountains near one of his homes.

Well, that sounds useful. Then again, it's his money to spend...

8 posted on 04/12/2013 7:01:01 PM PDT by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thank you.

I went to the link and looked at all the photos.

WOW.


9 posted on 04/12/2013 7:02:27 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: John123
Then again, it's his money to spend...

In a world where everyone if being affected by the economy, and the government is trillions in debt, where does one get $42 million to just throw around ?

10 posted on 04/12/2013 7:06:11 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2

You don’t say. I’d rather he spent the money supporting the TEA Party, but hey, rusted rocket engines ARE important.


11 posted on 04/12/2013 7:28:21 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: SunkenCiv

Private citizen can do this,
While bo grounds perfectly functioning shuttles.

Insane (not really, demonic).


12 posted on 04/12/2013 7:37:05 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: John123

I like what what Paul Allen is doing with his Fighter Heritage Collection.

The B-25 Mitchell they just finished restoring is beyond magnificent.


13 posted on 04/12/2013 7:41:47 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: SunkenCiv

Rusted junk.

At least it’s no longer polluting the ocean.


14 posted on 04/12/2013 8:32:00 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Amberdawn

Instead of spending on the tea party he spent millions to get gay marriage passed in WA state. Bezos not a good man.


15 posted on 04/12/2013 8:44:45 PM PDT by what's up
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To: John123

Must be one hell of a clock, eh? :’) Of course, the joke’s on him — after 10,000 years of inflation, no one will be able to afford to replace the batteries when they run out.


16 posted on 04/13/2013 9:38:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Scrambler Bob

It’s funny how we are already carrying out archeological expeditions to search for the ruins of our own failed civilization instead of building the future.


17 posted on 04/13/2013 9:48:06 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: SunkenCiv
Of course, the joke’s on him — after 10,000 years of inflation, no one will be able to afford to replace the batteries when they run out.

Heh. That's forward thinking, right there. [smile]

18 posted on 04/13/2013 10:00:05 AM PDT by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Well, this is way cooler than most billionaires’ hobbies, like buying ranches or yachts.


19 posted on 04/15/2013 2:45:41 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Agreed.


20 posted on 04/15/2013 6:42:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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