After lying on the ocean floor for more than 40 years, two Apollo rocket engines that helped deliver astronauts to the moon are once again seeing the light of day.

A team organized by Jeff Bezos spent three weeks fishing at sea to recover the corroded F-1 engines, which sat more than 4 kilometers below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Bezos does not yet know precisely which Apollo mission the engines flew on as the original serial numbers on the objects are missing. He is hoping they are the Apollo 11 engines that brought the first men to the moon.

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Saturn V Structure. Credit: Adam Mann

Read the whole story at Wired.com.

posted by Baer NLSI staff
source: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/03/jeff-bezos-apollo/

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