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Pieces of Saturn V rocket engines recovered from ocean floor

A team of researchers, assembled by Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, have recovered pieces of the Saturn V moon rocket engines from the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.

When the Saturn V moon rockets blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, their flight paths took them east, over the Atlantic ocean. The Saturns were made up of three stages. When the first had used up all its fuel, two and a half minutes into the flight, it was unceremoniously jettisoned and left to splash into the sea, safely away from any human habitation.

The rocket stages, and the engines that were attached to them, have sat in their watery junkyard for almost half a century. Now, though, they are beginning to return. On March 20th, in a blog post, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and a confirmed space cadet, announced that his project to bring some of the Saturn’s mighty F1 engines back to the surface had been successful.

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Story: The Economist | Photo: Bezos Expeditions

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