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Apollo 11 Moon Rocket Engines Found On Ocean Floor

Postby kopius » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:33 am

When NASA's mighty Saturn V rocket launched the historic Apollo 11 mission to land the first men on the moon in 1969, the five powerful engines that powered the booster's first stage dropped into the Atlantic Ocean and were lost forever.

Lost, that is, until now...

http://www.space.com/15075-apollo-11-mo ... vered.html
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Re: Apollo 11 Moon Rocket Engines Found On Ocean Floor

Postby october sky » Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:10 pm

That is fantastic ! :D
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Re: Apollo 11 Moon Rocket Engines Found On Ocean Floor

Postby krusty » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:50 am

It's going to be interesting to see how much damage 40 years at the bottom of the ocean has done.

Looking forward to seeing them come up!

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Re: Apollo 11 Moon Rocket Engines Found On Ocean Floor

Postby Wingnut » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:06 pm

Wouldn't the remains of any of the "flown" F-1 motors be a cool piece of space memorabilia, if Jeff Bezos and Co can recover a motor (or parts there of) and successfully negotiate with NASA to keep it.

The Liberty Bell 7 capsule was recovered from 16,000 ft of water some 38 years after it was lost and it surfaced in remarkably good shape. Here's a section of a documentary about its recovery that is posted on Youtube:

Of course an S-IC and motors won't be looking too sharp after an un-retarded impact with the ocean surface. Still, I'm keenly following this story.

I just found another interesting document related to this topic. Here's a list of earth impact sights (estimated) from the Apollo missions:

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Re: Apollo 11 Moon Rocket Engines Found On Ocean Floor

Postby Wingnut » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:33 pm

Here's a preview of the F1 motors from Apollo 11 that were retrieved by the expedition funded by Jeff Bezos.



It's fantastic to see parts from the flown motors, and they're in great condition considering they spent nearly 50 years on the ocean floor.

Now we've got another reason to visit the Apollo exhibit at the Seattle Museum of Flight.

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Re: Apollo 11 Moon Rocket Engines Found On Ocean Floor

Postby october sky » Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:06 pm

Hey Mike, that looks just too good....surely after a good clean up but still...awesome...can you just imagine having that as a space collectable in your house...( drools.....)... :P
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