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Amazon Founder Finds Apollo 11 Moon Rocket Engines On Ocean Floor by SPACE.com and collectSPACE.com Staff
SPACE.com, collectSPACE.com, Bezos Expeditions, National Air and Space Museum News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM120407APOLLO
Date: 07 April 2012

Links: SPACE.com Article / collectSPACE.com Article / Bezos Expeditions Website / National Air and Space Museum /

Almost 43 years after a breathless world watched the mighty Saturn V rocket used to launch the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing mission on July 16, 1969, the five huge F-1 rocket engines of the first stage have been discovered by a private expedition financed by Amazon.com founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos. Bezos speaks of making plans to attempt to raise one or more of them from the ocean floor - we think that once restored, they would make a magnificent exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., or else at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport.

From release/information:

(Image: This NASA file photo shows the first stage of the mighty Saturn V rocket used to launch the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing mission in 1969 as the booster was being built. The five huge F-1 rocket engines were discarded into the Atlantic Ocean after the July 16, 1969 launch. CREDIT: NASA)

When NASA's mighty Saturn V rocket launched the historic Apollo 11 mission to land the first men on the Moon in 1969, the five powerful engines that powered the booster's first stage dropped into the Atlantic Ocean and were lost forever.

Lost, that is, until now.

A private expedition financed by Amazon.com founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos has discovered the five F-1 rocket engines used to launch Apollo 11 into space on July 16, 1969 and is drawing up plans to retrieve one or more so they can be publicly displayed.

(Source: SPACE.com, collectSPACE.com, Bezos Expeditions, National Air and Space Museum)

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