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Main engines from Apollo 11 rocket found! Read Administrator Bolden's comments here.
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the efforts announced this week by Jeff Bezos to recover main engines from the Saturn V first stage rocket of Apollo 11:
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Great work. Although sometimes we leave our minds fly with some of the new inventions and airspace technology, we should never forget to look back and remember those who made this possible.
Russ R
How can NASA claim ownership on engines at the bottom of the ocean for 40+ years. Were there any plans to look for or recover them? Wouldn't they be owned by whoever recovers them as salvage by now?
+Russ R I guess the same way that copyrighted works belong to the copyright holder for 70 years after their death. Or a less facetious example: if I lose my grandfather's war medals in a lake, how long do they have to be there until they're no longer my grandfather's?
My wife studied maritime law and when it comes to salvage the rule are exceedingly (absolutely no pun intended) murky. The real ugly part of it comes when something was once owned/operated by a government. Governments will claim ownership going back 500 years plus. They may not win but they can keep it tied up in domestic and international courts quite literally forever.
I hear it was found by the Amazon CEO
I like what Jeff Bezos said: "I was five years old when I watched Apollo 11 unfold on television, and without any doubt it was a big contributor to my passions for science, engineering, and exploration,"..... "NASA is one of the few institutions I know that can inspire five-year-olds. It sure inspired me, and with this endeavor, maybe we can inspire a few more youth to invent and explore."
Apollo 11's rockets? Where are they?
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