For the first time since they helped propel Moon-bound astronauts off Earth in 1969, the Apollo 11 engines are again above-ground. A team funded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos raised the battered, corroded turbines, thrust chambers and heat exchangers from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Canaveral, 4 267 m below the water’s surface.
The parts made up a Saturn V rocket’s five F-1 engines, each of which was capable of producing 23,8 million kilowatts by burning 2 720 kg of paraffin and liquid oxygen per second. The team used remotely operated subs tethered to salvage ships via fibre-optic and electrical cables to pull the engines from the sea floor. The goal is to restore them to their pre-seawater-soaked state.
Watch the Apollo 11 engines being retrieved from the ocean…
Video source/credit: Bezos Expeditions