Two Apollo 11 rocket engines were rescued by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in the Atlantic this year, he said on Friday.
He wrote on his blog that “44 years ago tomorrow Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, and now we have recovered a critical technological marvel that made it all possible.”
According to the Washington Post, NASA confirmed that Bezos found the Apollo 11 engine.
“We brought back thrust chambers, gas generators, injectors, heat exchangers, turbines, fuel manifolds and dozens of other artifacts – all simply gorgeous and a striking testament to the Apollo program,” he wrote, referring to the recovery of the engines.
He added: “One of the conservators who was scanning the objects with a black light and a special lens filter has made a breakthrough discovery – “2044” – stenciled in black paint on the side of one of the massive thrust chambers. 2044 is the Rocketdyne serial number that correlates to NASA number 6044, which is the serial number for F-1 Engine #5 from Apollo 11.”
The Post noted that in March 2013, Bezos’s team went 14,000 feet below the sea surface and came up with two Saturn V engines.