Team claims to have found engine from Saturn V rocket
Updated: Thursday, March 21 2013, 08:38 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A piece of history, thought lost forever, is now being restored.
A team, funded by the founder of Amazon, claims to have found an engine that put America on the moon at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean this week.
The exploration for the F-1 engines began last year.
The engine made up the base of the Saturn V rocket, and powered NASA's Apollo space missions on the way to the moon.
Wednesday, just 400 miles east of Cape Canaveral, the team used remotely-operated vehicles to hoist enough parts to the surface to re-create two engines.
"In the 1960s, there wasn't the technology to go down that far," observed Dr. Paul Ceruzzi, of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. "Nowadays, they're opening up the ocean frontier."
The pieces are damaged and will need a long restoration process to decipher which Apollo missions they served on.
Once restored, the team leader wants to donate one complete engine to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash.