May 25, 1961, President Kennedy made a bold statement, challenging the United States with a task “of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” July 20, 1969, the world watched as Neil Armstrong achieved that goal with a triumphant, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
The world had never seen anything like Project Apollo. America’s best resources were put into achieving President Kennedy’s bold statement. When Apollo 11’s Lunar Module, the Eagle, landed on the moon, its touchdown represented the culmination of every manned American space mission before it.
The F-1 engine was the booster that powered Project Apollo. Five mighty F-1 engines launched each Saturn V rocket that propelled the Apollo astronauts toward the moon. To date, the F-1 remains the most powerful American liquid-fueled rocket engine ever developed.
March 2013, Bezos Expeditions announced it had recovered many prime pieces of the historic F-1 engines from Project Apollo. Working 14,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean for three weeks, the team discovered an underwater wonderland; an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines which tells the story of a ﬁery and violent end, one that pays homage to the Apollo program.
We hope the recovery and preservation of the Apollo F-1 engines reinvigorates the imagination and spirit that Project Apollo brought to not only our nation, but the world, during a time of great change.