Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he has
located the long-submerged F-1 engines that blasted the Apollo 11 Moon mission
In a blog post, Mr Bezos said the five engines were found using advanced
sonar scanning some 14,000ft (4,300m) below the Atlantic Ocean's surface.
Mr Bezos, a billionaire bookseller and spaceflight enthusiast, said he was
making plans to raise one or more.
Apollo 11 carried astronauts on the first Moon landing mission in 1969.
The F-1 engines were used on the giant Saturn V
rocket that carried the Apollo landing module out of the Earth's atmosphere
and towards the Moon.
They burned for just a few minutes before separating from the second stage
module and falling to Earth somewhere in the Atlantic.
Mr Bezos' announcement comes days after film director James Cameron succeeded
in his own deep-sea expedition, reaching the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the
deepest point on the planet.Museum hopes
from Apollo 11 do not
discovery on his Bezos Expeditions website, Mr Bezos described the F-1 as a
"modern wonder" that boasted 32 million horsepower and burned 6,000lb (2,720kg)
of rocket-grade kerosene and liquid oxygen every second.
"I was five years old when I watched Apollo 11 unfold on television, and
without any doubt it was a big contributor to my passions for science,
engineering, and exploration," he wrote, confirming that his team had located
the engines but without hinting where they might be.
"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," Mr Bezos wrote.
His privately funded team was planning to raise one or more engines, he
He said he planned to ask Nasa - which still owns the rockets - for
permission to display one in the Museum of Flight in his home city of
Nasa said it looked forward to hearing more about the recovery, the
Associated Press reports.
Other elements of the Apollo missions - including the Apollo 11 command
module - are on display in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in
The attempt to raise the F-1 engines is not the first foray into space
technology for Mr Bezos.
In 2000 he founded a private space flight firm, Blue Origin, which has
received Nasa funding and is working on making orbital and sub-orbital
spaceflight commercially available.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17544565
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