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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

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....

(Excerpt) Read more at cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amazon; apollo; chat; moon; saturn
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1 posted on 03/28/2012 5:24:13 PM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: KevinDavis

Ping.


2 posted on 03/28/2012 5:26:45 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Pyro7480

Awesome. Good luck Jeff!


3 posted on 03/28/2012 5:27:09 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Pyro7480

Into which ocean are they going to dump the Obamacare bill?


4 posted on 03/28/2012 5:29:28 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: Pyro7480

The fact that we can’t build something like that
today is sad indeed.


5 posted on 03/28/2012 5:29:35 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Pyro7480

Id be happier if he spent is money at scaled composites help get us back in space


6 posted on 03/28/2012 5:31:53 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Pyro7480
This is friggin awesome!
7 posted on 03/28/2012 5:32:33 PM PDT by jaz.357 (Newt is nuts!)
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To: al baby
He's doing something like that himself.

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.

8 posted on 03/28/2012 5:34:42 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: al baby

Yeah, how long can we keep trying to relive past glories?

Time to move forward.


9 posted on 03/28/2012 5:37:02 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: Pyro7480

I stand corrected I should read the articles thanks


10 posted on 03/28/2012 5:37:40 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: tet68

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 ?


11 posted on 03/28/2012 5:40:38 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Pyro7480

Wonder if they’ll be parting them out. I have a 2003 Saturn Ion with a blown engine.


12 posted on 03/28/2012 5:43:06 PM PDT by tumblindice (our new, happy lives)
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To: Pyro7480

Cool, send it to Seattle. Meantime, send a shuttle to Houston


13 posted on 03/28/2012 5:48:44 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Pyro7480

The engines in that photo don’t have their nozzle extensions. Add another six feet.


14 posted on 03/28/2012 5:49:52 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

Good eye!


15 posted on 03/28/2012 5:50:48 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: tet68
The fact that we can’t build something like that today is

Horse poop.

16 posted on 03/28/2012 6:01:58 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1163 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: tumblindice
Wonder if they’ll be parting them out. I have a 2003 Saturn Ion with a blown engine.

Only if you don't have to submit to emissions testing...
17 posted on 03/28/2012 6:18:24 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: null and void

Are we building anything like that today?
Yes, I know it’s old technology but are we
building anything compareable??


18 posted on 03/28/2012 6:23:23 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: onedoug

Ping


19 posted on 03/28/2012 6:25:29 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: tet68

We don’t lack the technology, we don’t lack the means, we don’t even lack the money.

We lack the will.


20 posted on 03/28/2012 6:26:52 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1163 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: null and void

I think it’s because we weren’t lawyered up back then.


21 posted on 03/28/2012 6:30:23 PM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: null and void

Well, someone lacks the will and the vision
and it sure isn’t Newt.

As much money as this administration has squandered
would have put us on the way by now in a vehicle
of modern design and materials.


22 posted on 03/28/2012 6:32:01 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Pyro7480

Lot more fun then....


23 posted on 03/28/2012 7:00:56 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: null and void
No, NASA has forgotten how to build Saturn V's.

The Lost Art of the Saturn V

The Technical Record of the Apollo Program? A Space Junkyard

24 posted on 03/28/2012 7:02:02 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: MetaThought

Huh? It’s called history.

Do you think we should demolish Mt. Vernon, plow under the battlefields of Gettysburg and put in a parking lot?

Don’t mean to be snide but it’s up to ‘us’ to preserve the past, teach it to our kids and show them what America means!


25 posted on 03/28/2012 7:07:42 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: Timber Rattler; tet68

tet68 didn’t say we can’t build a Saturn V today, he said we can’t build something like that today.

We can’t build a ‘57 Chevy either, why would we?

Today we build things that are better.


26 posted on 03/28/2012 7:10:24 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1163 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Pyro7480

Put it in a Muslim and I’ll drive go see it in and pay $15 bucks


27 posted on 03/28/2012 7:26:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Pyro7480

Put it in a Muslim and I’ll drive go see it in and pay $15 bucks


28 posted on 03/28/2012 7:27:21 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Timber Rattler
No, NASA has forgotten how to build Saturn V's.

No, NASA has merely lost the blank check used to build the Saturn V.

29 posted on 03/28/2012 7:40:57 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: Timber Rattler

I keep reading that yet there is a complete Saturn V sitting on its side at JSC Houston. If they really wanted to build one, wouldn’t they just reverse engineer the one sitting in their front yard?


30 posted on 03/28/2012 7:54:17 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Clay Moore

They’re trying, but they don’t know how the parts go together or even what they do. The problem is that to meet Kennedy’s goal of reaching the moon by 1970, Von Braun subcontracted most of the Saturn V design work out to hundreds of different vendors, most of whom went out of business in the 1970s after Apollo ended. Only Von Braun and his key team members knew how it all went together and worked, and they are dead now.


31 posted on 03/28/2012 8:15:25 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Theophilus
No, NASA has merely lost the blank check used to build the Saturn V.

I'm guessing that you didn't bother to check my two links which explain why NASA can't build Saturn V's anymore...

32 posted on 03/28/2012 8:17:49 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Senator Goldwater

“Into which ocean are they going to dump the Obamacare bill?”

You can’t do that!!!! The sheer volume will raise sea level by 20 feet!!!


33 posted on 03/28/2012 8:37:58 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Timber Rattler

bflr!


34 posted on 03/29/2012 8:05:11 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...but I love the United States of America.)
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To: Pyro7480

Seems like a waste of money.


35 posted on 06/30/2012 9:01:24 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Anyone But Romney)
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To: Errant; ApplegateRanch; Lonesome in Massachussets
Note: this topic is from MARCH 28, 2012. Thanks Pyro7480.
IMHO it would be worth trying to rehab them and return them to working order. The F1 engines never failed in launch, and were so well designed that they were test-burned on the stand for much longer than they had to burn during flight, suggesting they'd be great candidates for a new reusable booster. Plus, I love antiques.

36 posted on 11/25/2012 5:01:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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