Skip to comments.Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos aims to bring up Apollo 11's sunken engines
Posted on 03/28/2012 5:24:03 PM PDT by Pyro7480
Amazon.com's billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, says he's funded a successful effort to locate the mammoth rocket engines that sent the Apollo 11 mission on the first leg of its mission to the moon and now he's planning to bring them up from the Atlantic Ocean floor....
The five F-1 rocket engines were on the first stage of Apollo 11's Saturn 5 rocket, which dropped into the Atlantic just minutes after liftoff in 1969. In an online statement, Bezos acknowledges that the undersea artifacts, like other hardware associated with the space effort, still belongs to NASA and he imagines that one of the engines would go on display at the Smithsonian. But in today's announcement, he says he's asked NASA to consider having another engine sent to the Museum of Flight which happens to be in Seattle, Amazon.com's hometown.
Rocketdyne built more of the 18-foot-tall F-1 engines than were needed for the Apollo missions, and some of those surplus engines have been placed on display, either attached to Saturn stages or as standalone exhibits. One can be seen at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, for example, and there's another at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia....
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Awesome. Good luck Jeff!
Into which ocean are they going to dump the Obamacare bill?
The fact that we can’t build something like that
today is sad indeed.
Id be happier if he spent is money at scaled composites help get us back in space
From the link above: Bezos' effort plays off his longtime fascination with outer space a passion that is also driving his decade-old Blue Origin rocket venture. Like Blue Origin, the undersea recovery project is being funded from the dot-com billionaire's personal fortune.
Yeah, how long can we keep trying to relive past glories?
Time to move forward.
I stand corrected I should read the articles thanks
I know I wonder if we would not of had all that feel good lbj welfare bs if we would not be on mars by know ?
Wonder if they’ll be parting them out. I have a 2003 Saturn Ion with a blown engine.
Cool, send it to Seattle. Meantime, send a shuttle to Houston
The engines in that photo don’t have their nozzle extensions. Add another six feet.
Are we building anything like that today?
Yes, I know it’s old technology but are we
building anything compareable??
We don’t lack the technology, we don’t lack the means, we don’t even lack the money.
We lack the will.