Friday, 30 March 2012

Apollo 11 Engines to be Recovered

According to the Guardian, the Apollo 11 engines have been found on the Atlantic Ocean floor by a team lead by the Amazon Chief Executive, Jeff Bezos.  He has plans to attempt to recover them, with the goal of placing them on public display.

This is very exciting news.  The Apollo missions were an excellent example of what we can achieve as a species through science and engineering.  The Saturn V rockets are pretty awe-inspiring, too; I saw the one on display at the Kennedy space centre, and it's huge.  But to see the actual ones to propel the first humans to ever walk on another celestial body would be magnificent.  The only problem is that by the time they are put on display, I'll probably have left North America!  But I'm sure I can wangle a visit before or after a conference.

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