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Remote Operated Vehicles recovering Apollo F-1 engines 3 miles beneath Atlantic (Bezos Expeditions)
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Remote Operated Vehicles recovering Apollo F-1 engines 3 miles beneath Atlantic (Bezos Expeditions)

Remote Operated Vehicles recovering Apollo F-1 engines three miles beneath the Atlantic. Video courtesy Bezos Expeditions. Boing Boing blog post: More on the mission, from Bezos Expeditions: Excerpt from Jeff Bezos' blog post, March 20, 2013: "What an incredible adventure. We are right now onboard the Seabed Worker headed back to Cape Canaveral after finishing three weeks at sea, working almost 3 miles below the surface. We found so much. We've seen an underwater wonderland -- an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program. We photographed many beautiful objects in situ and have now recovered many prime pieces. Each piece we bring on deck conjures for me the thousands of engineers who worked together back then to do what for all time had been thought surely impossible." "Many of the original serial numbers are missing or partially missing, which is going to make mission identification difficult. We might see more during restoration. The objects themselves are gorgeous." "The technology used for the recovery is in its own way as otherworldly as the Apollo technology itself. The Remotely Operated Vehicles worked at a depth of more than 14,000 feet, tethered to our ship with fiber optics for data and electric cables transmitting power at more than 4,000 volts. We on the team were often struck by poetic echoes of the lunar missions. The buoyancy of the ROVs looks every bit like microgravity. The blackness of the horizon. The gray and colorless ocean floor. Only the occasional deep sea fish broke the illusion."


Explorer Consulting has been involved in a number of innovative projects, from expeditions to film and explore the R.M.S. Titanic, H.M.H.S. Britannic and Bismarck; to finding and recovering historic aircraft, shipwrecks and rockets; conducting scientific research on Mt. Everest; and launching the first private spaceflights.  We excel in helping clients explore remote locations and achieve goals that others have only imagined.
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