Amazon Boss Recovers Apollo Engines From Sea
Two enormous rocket engines that helped power the Apollo astronauts to the Moon have been retrieved from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
An expedition led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spent three weeks at sea examining the site where they were found and is now taking them back to Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The F-1 engines, which were almost three miles below the surface, were part of the Saturn V rocket used to fly astronauts into space during the 1960s and 1970s.
Writing on the expedition's blog, Mr†Bezos said: "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 programme.
"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."
The engines, which fell into the ocean as planned after lift-off, remain the property of Nasa.
Remotely-operated vehicles, working at a depth of 14,000ft, were used to pick them up.
"We're bringing home enough major components to fashion displays of two flown F-1 engines," Mr Bezos said.
"We want the hardware to tell its true story, including its 5,000mph re-entry and subsequent impact with the ocean surface.
"We're excited to get this hardware on display where just maybe it will inspire something amazing."
Nasa administrator Charles Bolden congratulated Mr Bezos and his team on their success.
"This is a historic find and I congratulate the team for its determination and perseverance in the recovery of these important artefacts of our first efforts to send humans beyond Earth orbit," he said in a statement.
"We look forward to the restoration of these engines by the Bezos team and applaud Jeff's desire to make these historic artefacts available for public display."
Nasa says the F-1 engine was a "major step forward in record technology" and it remains the most powerful American liquid-fuel rocket engine ever developed.
The expedition has been unable to confirm which of the Apollo missions the engines were used on as the serial numbers are missing or partially missing, however they hope to learn more when they return them to Nasa.
Mr Bezos' space company, Blue Origin, has a Nasa contract to develop a private space taxi to the International Space Station.