Marine Science & Adventure News
The Apollo F-1 Engine RecoveryMar 06 2014
We had located our first engine. The engine was heavily damaged with no identifying features visible. We decided to move on to the next debris field in hopes of finding an intact engine with a serial number which would confirm the mission origin.
The sonar specialist provided the corrected target position to the navigator who plugged coordinates into the navigation software. The ROV pilot turned and slowly applied forward thrust on a heading that would take him to the next debris field. Three miles above the ship very slowly, the navigator followed the same track in a coordinated maneuver. The ROV could only range a short distance from directly below the support vessel, so both needed to move in concert and thus the coordinated, simultaneous effort.
How Do you Recover An Apollo Rocket Engine from 3 Miles Beneath the Bermuda Triangle?Aug 16 2013
One single footprint represents mankind’s greatest scientific achievement. An image of that human spoor cast in lunar dust is interminably linked with Neil Armstrong’s famous quote: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” It was not just America’s step but a leap for mankind. Such a simple movement and yet so many technical achievements were required to make that first step on the moon’s surface possible. Advances in materials, water purification, medicine and especially great leaps in computer technology all played a part in the unprecedented mission. It’s hard to believe, but current computing power has multiplied to such an extent that your mobile phone has more processing capability than the lunar lander.