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Amazon CEO recovers Apollo engines from Atlantic

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Photo courtesy Bezos Expeditions. Photo courtesy Bezos Expeditions.
Photo courtesy Bezos Expeditions. Photo courtesy Bezos Expeditions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -

Two mammoth rocket engines that helped boost Apollo astronauts to the moon have been fished out of the Atlantic.

An expedition led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pulled up the engines and is headed back to Cape Canaveral after three weeks at sea.

Bezos and NASA announced the recovery on Wednesday, and Bezos blogged about it on his website.

"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," he wrote.  "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."

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The sunken engines were part of the mighty Saturn V rocket used to fly astronauts to the moon during the 1960s and 1970s. After liftoff, they fell into the ocean as planned.

The engines are the property of NASA. The space agency congratulated Bezos on his efforts. The team planned to restore the artifacts for later display.

Bezos' space company, Blue Origins, has a NASA contract to develop a private space taxi to the International Space Station.

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