Confirmed: Apollo 11 Engines Recovered by Jeff Bezos

    July 20, 2013
    Mike Tuttle
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Back in March of this year, NASA announced that a discovery had been made that would thrill space-junkies far and wide. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who had also founded the aerospace company Blue Origin, had recovered the Apollo Saturn V first stage engines from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

“Nearly one year ago, Jeff Bezos shared with us his plans to recover F-1 engines that helped power Apollo astronauts to the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We share the excitement expressed by Jeff and his team in announcing the recovery of two of the powerful Saturn V first-stage engines from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.”

“This is a historic find and I congratulate the team for its determination and perseverance in the recovery of these important artifacts of our first efforts to send humans beyond Earth orbit.”

Even though the engines, thrust chambers, gas generators, injectors, heat exchangers, turbines, fuel manifolds and dozens of other artifacts were recovered back in March, the process of proving that those had indeed powered the Apollo 11 flight, the flight that put Neil Armstrong on the moon, was a long one. The engines themselves had endured the heat of ignition, then the free fall through the atmosphere when they were released, then smashing into the ocean surface, then spending 44 years at the bottom of the ocean.

Universe Today is now reporting that, in the end, analysis of serial numbers confirmed that these were indeed Apollo 11 engines. Jeff Bezos told how the serial number was discovered.

“One of the conservators who was scanning the objects with a black light and a special lens filter has made a breakthrough discovery – “2044” – stenciled in black paint on the side of one of the massive thrust chambers. 2044 is the Rocketdyne serial number that correlates to NASA number 6044, which is the serial number for F-1 Engine #5 from Apollo 11. The intrepid conservator kept digging for more evidence, and after removing more corrosion at the base of the same thrust chamber, he found it – “Unit No 2044″ – stamped into the metal surface.”

“44 years ago … Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, and now we have recovered a critical technological marvel that made it all possible.”

[Photo credit: NASA]
  • MalcolmXcrement

    What, no pictures??? P.U.!

    • http://Yahoo Timmy Terd

      There are no pictures because this is another fraud.

      • http://www.kmanthie.wordpress.com(INDEPENDENTREVIEW) Kent Manthie

        grow up

  • http://Yahoo Timmy Terd

    The day before the 44th anniversary. How convenient.

  • Barry Vyskocil

    A few really cool pictures would be nice! Please!

  • Lennyd

    In 1962, John Glenn circles the earth in Friendship 7. It was a major achievement. He had a ticker tape parade in Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes. Russia calls Glenn “The Czar of Space”. 7 short years later NASA send men to the moon and returns them safely to earth. That is an achievement 100 times more difficult. And, just as JFK said they must, they do this with 6 months to spare before the 1960s come to an end. Can you blame anyone for being skeptical of the moon landing ? The news media never questions how NASA was able to overcome so many obstacles in the Apollo 11 mission. Little things like crossing the Van Allen radiation belt, the extremes of temperature on the surface of the moon, etc. I’m not saying it didn’t happen but if the news media did their job they should have asked more questions on how NASA was able to go from John Glenn to Apollo 11 in 7 short years. Now that is “one Giant leap for mankind”.

    • Lo

      More water trash,

  • Name

    We went to the moon. That isn’t the question really. The question is why did the space program stop after we went there. We made all that progress and we just stopped??? That is like a team winning the Super Bowl once and then quitting the NFL.

    Listen, in the middle of the cold war, the Soviet Union and the United States colluded on many space ventures. Why the cooperation from literally bitter enemies? Both countries knew that there was something on the moon. We went there, found it, and then promptly shut down the public aspect of the space program and moved the program into the black program realm.

    What do you think Reagan’s speech was all about? He was trying to tell the American people that there is more to all this than meets the eye without causing a panic.

    • MalcolmXcrement

      The only reason we went to the moon, was to get there before the Russians. It’s a known fact….A few days back, they played a tape of JFK saying that he didn’t have any interest in space exploration. He just wanted to get to the moon, before the Russians did….which was all due to the Cold War. A little known fact…..Russia got to the moon less than 24 hours later, with an unmanned vehicle.
      There was very little left to do, after a couple missions to the moon…..At least with the limited technology of the day. You can only get so much out of picking up the same rocks. The American public lost interest (much like the shuttle missions) and was deemed a waste of money. So stop with the conspiracy theories. There’s nothing going on!

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    It must be nice being able to spent time exploring the ocean for hidden treasures like space history. The timing does seem strange though.