Jeff Bezos recovers Apollo engines from the Atlantic ocean.
The founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, has announced that he and his expedition team have recovered engines from some of the Apollo spacecrafts off of the Atlantic Ocean floor.
They used remote underwater vehicles to go almost three miles deep into the Atlantic and recover parts of the engines that first carried humans into space.
Among the recoveries are two Saturn V F-1 rocket engines that were used in NASA Apollo missions between 1963 and 1972.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said: “This is a historic find and I congratulate the team for its determination and perseverance in the recovery of these important artifacts of our first efforts to send humans beyond Earth orbit.”
Bezos plans to restore the artifacts and put them on display to the public for viewing.
The pieces of space junk fell into the ocean after launching spacecrafts into orbit, or to the moon.
In a case of space junk hitting someone, one woman was struck by a piece of space junk that fell to earth back in 1997.
The thing that hit her was confirmed as a piece from a United States Air Force Delta II rocket.
She might be the only person to ever be hit by falling spacecraft material.