First, earlier this week, we got the otherworldly footage from James Cameron’s dive to the bottom of the ocean. Not to be upstaged, another famous rich guy, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, announced that he too had been exploring the bottom of the ocean and had found the rocket engines belonging to Apollo 11 and the first mission that put men on the moon.
Both are historic events and we don’t want to take away from the significance of either, but it begs the question: what is it with rich guys and the bottom of the ocean this week?
July 20, 1969 is one of those rare days where just about everyone can tell you where they were and what they were doing. Millions watched as Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on moon and the crew of Apollo 11 (along with Armstrong it included Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins).
Only four days earlier, on July 16, two rocket engines powered the spacecraft into orbit and on its journey outside earth’s atmosphere. The engines, after powering the craft up and off, fell into the Atlantic Ocean. According to a post on his blog earlier today, Bezos was five years old when he watched Apollo 11 take off, and the moment was one that has inspired his whole life. According to the post, Bezos decided a year ago to see if he could find the rocket engines. More than 40 years after they crashed into the water, Bezos’ team found them using deep-sea sonar and he’s decided he’s going to try to bring them up.
“We don’t know yet what condition these engines might be in – they hit the ocean at high velocity and have been in salt water for more than 40 years,” he cautions in the post. “On the other hand, they’re made of tough stuff, so we’ll see.”
For now, Bezos says he hopes the expedition to raise these engines will continue to inspire little five year old boys like himself to continue to “invent and explore.” We hope so too, Jeff.
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