Salvaging The Apollo Rocket Engines

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A privately funded expedition led by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bazos has recovered pieces of two Apollo-era booster rockets from where they've lain three miles down on the sea floor off Cape Canaveral.

 

Mr. Bazos and NASA--who still own the rocket parts--have plans to try to restore the engines and put them on display at the Smithsonian Museum, with a second engine being given to the Museum of Flight in Seatlle, home base of Amazon.

 

Submersible robots were used to bring the engine parts to the surface.  The recovered pieces include a nozzle, turbine, thrust chamber and heat exchanger, but the serial numbers are too difficult to read due to corrosion, so it is unclear as to which mission these parts belonged.

 

 

If you go to the Amazon web site, you will find a listing for "Saturn V rocket engine.  Used.  Only 1 in stock!  Qualifies for Super Saver free shipping!  1 user review: A great product of the highest manufacturing standards, but finding spare parts is a real problem and the previous owners did not store it properly. Minor rust issues on several of the parts. three stars."

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