Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unearth a couple of space engines from the bottom of the ocean earlier this year. It has now been confirmed that the engines came from the Apollo 11 rocket.
Bezos was pretty certain that he had re-discovered the Apollo 11’s engines back in March but the Amazon founder had the thrust chambers, gas generators, injectors, turbines, and heat exchangers thoroughly examined to make sure that the engines came from the Apollo 11.
The most convincing piece of evidence was discovered on one of the thrust chambers. Bezos and his team discovered the number 2044 etched into the engine part.
“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. There was one secret that the ocean didn’t give up easily: mission identification. The components’ fiery end and heavy corrosion from 43 years underwater removed or covered up most of the original serial numbers… Today, I’m thrilled to share some exciting news. 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.”
Bezos writes that “044” is the serial number identified with the F-1 Engine #5 from Apollo 11.
Further investigation revealed more serial numbers that confirmed that the Apollo 11 engines had been found.
The news comes on the eve of the first Moon walk’s anniversary. Bezos notes that with out the Apollo 11 engines, Neil Armstrong would have never been able to step onto the lunar surface.
Bezos writes: “44 years ago tomorrow Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, and now we have recovered a critical technological marvel that made it all possible.”
[Images Via Bezos Expeditions]