Apollo 11 engines found, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plans to recover at least 1 F-1 engine

By on Mar 29, 2012 in Asia, Science, United States Comments

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos revealed on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 that Apollo 11 engines, which went missing under the Atlantic Ocean in 1969, have been found and he plans to recover at least one of them.

Saturn V rocket, which was used to launch Apollo 11
Image Credit: NASA file

Bezos, 48, who is also the founder of the private spaceflight company Blue Origin, announced on his Bezos Expedition website that day that his privately-funded team found the five F-1 engines of Apollo 11, NASA‘s space rocket that sent the first man to the moon.

Based on NASA history, Apollo 11 was launched on July 16, 1969 with on board are astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and its engines dropped off the Atlantic Ocean and they were never found since then.

“I’m excited to report that, using state-of-the-art deep sea sonar, the team has found the Apollo 11 engines lying 14,000 feet below the surface, and we’re making plans to attempt to raise one or more of them from the ocean floor.” Bezos wrote at BezosExpedition.com, but did not reveal their exact location.

“We don’t know yet what condition these engines might be in – they hit the ocean at high velocity and have been in salt water for more than 40 years. On the other hand, they’re made of tough stuff, so we’ll see.” Bezos added.

“If we are able to recover one of these F-1 engines that started mankind on its first journey to another heavenly body, I imagine that NASA would decide to make it available to the Smithsonian for all to see.” The 48-year old billionaire explained further.

Nevertheless, Mr Bezos emphasized that no public funding will be used for the Apollo 11 engines recovery mission and that they are still the property of NASA, which he considers as one of the few institutions that inspired him a lot.

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