Wednesday, March 20, 2013

F-1 engines, resurfacing

A year ago it was announced that a team sponsored by Jeff Bezos, who apparently has a thing for the Apollo missions (and why not have a thing for the Apollo missions?), had located, on the ocean’s floor, at a depth of greater than 14,000 feet, the F-1 engines that lifted Apollo 11’s Saturn launch vehicle into orbit. Today friend and fellow author and illustrator Tim Bush points me to an update: Bezos writes (here) that his team has used remotely controlled vehicles to reach those engines and is headed to shore with “enough major components to fashion displays of two flown F-1 engines.” Incredible, all the more so since we have to assume that these items did not qualify for Free Super Saver Shipping. From another page on the Bezos Expeditions web site, here, it seems that both engines will be destined for museums, so get that vision of Jeff Bezos’s private backyard rocket garden out of your head. 

Thanks for the link, Tim! And the rest of you can see Tim’s latest work here.

Illustration from Moonshot.

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