Amazon founder and space travel startup entrepreneur Jeff Bezos recently completed a fishing expedition in the Atlantic, where he managed to pull up an old, rusty rocket that had been sitting on the seafloor since 1969, when they were jettisoned from the rocket that took Neil Armstrong and co to the moon.
For decades, people have wondered if the American flags left on the moon are still there. Recent photos of the moon landing sites show that all of our flags, save one, are still standing, but at this point, they’re most likely entirely white.
Forty three years ago today, in 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first walked on the surface of the Moon, making them the first humans ever to walk on any celestial body other than Earth.
When Apollo rocket engines had burned up their powerful first stage engines, these engines were just dropped into the Atlantic ocean as the rocket ascended into the heavens. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has managed to find the massive engines dropped by the Apollo 11 mission and now wants to bring them to the surface.
Thanks to the Apollo 13 movie, the events surrounding the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission are fairly well known: While en route to the moon, an explosion crippled the command module leading to a tense 4-day journey back to Earth. While the world watched, mission commander James Lovell was frantically scribbling on this Lunar Module Systems Activation Checklist Book just two hours after the explosion. It was sold this week at auction to an anonymous collector by Heritage Auctions to the tune of $388,375.
So looks like the lunar landing hoax people need a new hobby. While circling around the Moon, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped some photos of the Apollo landing sites.
Among a current auction of Apollo era space memorabilia that could be yours if you have deep enough pockets is the above Playboy centerfold calendar that flew into space aboard on the first Apollo moon mission. The starting bid on the centerfold is $1000, but if you want something even cooler, how about an American flag that went with Neil Armstrong to the moon on Apollo 11.
A while back, some footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing that had thought to have been lost was discovered in Australia. The footage was restored and will be screened for the first time ever in Sydney this week.
So how is it that this footage was lost? And how did it end up in Australia?