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Deep Space: The Recovery of Saturn V Booster Engines From a Depth of 4000 Meters

Author(s): John D. Broadwater

Year: 2015

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The Apollo Program received a high priority after President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 address to Congress declaring his support for "landing a man on the Moon" by the end of the decade. This ambitious goal was achieved on July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 Mission, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon. On each mission the Saturn V first stage plunged into the Atlantic Ocean with its five enormous F-1 engines. In March 2013 a scientific team sponsored by Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, recovered components from several F-1 engines, one of which was from Apollo 11. The recovery team included an archaeologist who helped plan and document the expedition and oversee the temporary stabilization of the recovered objects. 

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Deep Space: The Recovery of Saturn V Booster Engines From a Depth of 4000 Meters. John D. Broadwater. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434111)


Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 603

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America