Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos recovers Apollo 11's historic 1969 mission rocket's motor
Posted : 2013-03-22 15:41
Updated : 2013-03-22 15:41
Amazon's billionaire boss Jeff Bezos has recovered what he believes could be the historic rocket motors that took man to the moon.
Bezos funded the expedition to use a robotic submarine to recover the engines from an Apollo mission from three miles below the surface of the sea.
The team found and recovered engines but has so far been unable to confirm which mission they were used on.
Revealing the find, Bezos hailed the discovery as an incredible discovery.
"What an incredible adventure," he wrote on the Bezos Expeditions site. "We are right now onboard the Seabed Worker headed back to Cape Canaveral after finishing three weeks at sea, working almost 3 miles below the surface."
"We found so much. We've seen an underwater wonderland an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program."
"We photographed many beautiful objects in Situ and have now recovered many prime pieces," he added.
"Each piece we bring on deck conjures for me the thousands of engineers who worked together back then to do what for all time had been thought surely impossible."
However, much to the team's disappointment, they have so far been unable to identify which mission the rockets were used on.
It is hoped they could be the F-1 engines on Apollo's Saturn V rocket dropped into the Atlantic minutes after they launched astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on their historic voyage to the moon.