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The parts are off to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center for restoration

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has resurrected the Saturn 5's rocket engines from the ocean floor, and will now have them restored before sending them off to museums. 

Bezos and a salvage team traveled the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Seabed Worker to bring the historic space components back to life, and three weeks ago, they managed to grab some of the Saturn 5 parts off the ocean floor. 

"What an incredible adventure," said Bezos. "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."


The components were about 14,000 feet deep, and were well-preserved by the cold waters. There were enough recovered parts to display two F-1 engines. 

Now, the parts are off to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center for restoration. From there, they will go to two separate museums for display. Some of the options include the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington or the Museum of Flight in Seattle.


"We look forward to the restoration of these engines by the Bezos team and applaud Jeff’s desire to make these historic artifacts available for public display," said Charles Bolden, NASA administrator. "Jeff and his colleagues at Blue Origin are helping to usher in a new commercial era of space exploration, and we are confident that our continued collaboration will soon result in private human access to space, creating jobs and driving America’s leadership in innovation and exploration."


Blue Origin is a privately funded aerospace company launched by Bezos. 

Bezos had located the F-1 engines around this time last year, describing his intention to recover them for U.S. museums. 

The Apollo 11 spaceflight landed the first humans on Earth's moon on July 20, 1969. Among those to first land on the moon were Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.

The launch vehicle used to blast Apollo 11 into space was the Saturn 5 rocket, which utilized F-1 engines. These powerful engines had 32 million horsepower and were capable of burning 6,000 pounds of rocket-grade kerosene and liquid oxygen each second. These engines burned for a few minutes before disconnecting from the second-stage module and plummeting into the Atlantic Ocean.

Source: NBC News



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RE: Cool Stuff
By US56 on 3/21/2013 5:46:13 PM , Rating: 2
The reason they have so many useable engines, both F-1 and J-2, is that the project was prematurely terminated after almost all of the hardware had been built which would have been used to complete the program. They no doubt also have a few spare shipsets originally built in the event a production engine or cluster was damaged in testing. The Saturn V launch system had no mission after Apollo. The plan was to continue using the Saturn IB as a heavy launch vehicle to support the construction of a space station, future missions returning to the Moon, and then on to Mars. The Shuttle was originally conceived only as a crew shuttle to support those missions. The Shuttle went off the rails when politicians got involved in making major programmatic and technical decisions. During the early critical design phases of Apollo, the politicians were running scared because of the purported "missile gap" and because the U.S. seemed to be losing the space race. They played it safe and let professional managers and engineers make most of the key decisions and the politicians were limited to setting budgetary constraints and to some extent where the money would be spent. LBJ in particular demanded that his home state get its fair share of the pie and it's no coincidence that NASA facilities in all of the Gulf states played a key role in the project.


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