Serial numbers on engine recovered from the Atlantic
Apollo 11 lifting off (Image: NASA)
F-1 thruster chamber recovered from the seabed
F-1 rocket engine before flight (Image: NASA)
Serial number on engine picked out in UV light
A lost bit of the Moon landing era isn't lost anymore. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos announced on Friday that one of the F-1 rocket engines found by his deep-sea expedition was indeed part of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket that sent the first astronauts to land on the Moon in 1969. A conservator at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, where the engine was being restored, was removing corrosion from the engine when he discovered evidence confirming the significant find.
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