Raising Apollo from the bottom of the sea
by brian lam
Jeff Bezos of Amazon has funded an expedition to try and find Apollo 11’s Rocketdyne F1 engines, which after powering the moon landing astronauts past phase one using 7.7 million pounds of thrust, fell into the sea. He’s found them.
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. 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.