Jeff Bezos, CEO of the online mega-retailer Amazon.com is preparing to recover the F1 engine that the Apollo 11 mission dropped when it left orbit.
He says that a year ago, he wondered if it was possible to find and recover the engines, which are one of the ultimate icons of the 1960s space race. They found them 14,000 below the surface. Although they don’t know what state they are in after 40 years of being in saltwater, they’re hopeful that the materials are strong enough to withstand the test of time.
If they’re able to recover them, they would still be property of NASA, although Bezos is hopeful that they would make it available to display at the Smithsonian.