Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said that his underwater expedition had recovered the mangled wreckage of two rocket engines from NASA’s Apollo program from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Bezos’ team used remotely operated vehicles to dive down 14,000 feet (almost three miles) to the dark depths of the ocean floor, where they recovered “major components” of two Saturn V F-1 rocket engines flown during the Apollo program (1963-’72). The program included lunar missions and earth orbiting missions, most famously Apollo 11, which sent Neil Armstrong to the moon in 1969.
After spending three weeks at sea, Bezos wrote on his personal blog that he and his team were heading back to Cape Canaveral, in Florida, with a treasure trove of NASA artifacts from the space era.
“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,” Bezos wrote.
Bezo has created his own deep sea exploration program, Bezos Expeditions, like “Titanic” movie director James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge.