Confirmed: Jeff Bezos Rescued Apollo 11’s Engine From The Ocean Floor

Confirmed: Jeff Bezos Rescued Apollo 11’s Engine From The Ocean Floor


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While one of the conservators was checking out all the recovered debris with a black light, Bezos says he found “2044” stenciled in black paint on one of the thrust chambers. 2044 denotes the Rocketdyne serial number that matches NASA’s own serial number, 6044, for Apollo 11’s #5 F-1 engine.

Further investigation resulted in the conservator finding the actual serial number stamping at the base of the thrust chamber.

As Bezos points out on his blog tomorrow marks the 44th anniversary of Neil Armstrong taking man’s first steps on the moon. Amazing, isn’t it? [Bezos Expeditions via NASA]