Apollo Rocket Parts
In March 2012, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos announced that he was funding an expedition to the ocean floor to find the remains of the mighty engines that drove the Apollo missiles into space. In particular, he wanted to find the massive F-1
Millions of people were inspired by the Apollo program. I was five years old when I watched Apollo 11 spread on television, and it certainly contributed greatly to my passions in science, engineering, and exploration. About a year ago, I began to wonder if we could find and possibly restore the F-1 engines that had started mankind's mission to the moon, with the right team of underwater professionals.
The answer to this question is yes. With the right amount of money and know-how you will find just about everything. Just over a year later, Bezos issued another announcement:
When we left the Seabed Worker in Port Canaveral four months ago, we had enough vital components to design displays of two F-1 powered engines. We've brought thrusters, gas generators, injectors, heat exchangers, turbines, fuel rails, and dozens of other artifacts – all great and impressive proof of the Apollo program. There was a secret that the ocean was not giving up so easily: the identification of the mission. The fiery end and the strong corrosion of the components from 43 years underwater world removed or concealed most of the serial numbers. We left Florida and knew that the maintenance team's work was done for them, and we keep our fingers crossed for ever.
Today, I'm excited to share exciting news. One of the restorers, who scanned the objects with a black light and a special lens filter, made a groundbreaking discovery – "2044" – which is shown in black on the side of one of the massive drawers. 2044 is the Rocketdyne serial number, which corresponds to NASA number 6044. This is the serial number for F-1 Engine # 5 from Apollo 11.
After restoration, engines are permanently displayed: one at National Air and the Smithsonian Institution Space Museum, the other at the Seattle Museum of Flight.