Where were You when Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon?

I was eleven when Neil Armstrong took that one small step.  If you were a kid back in the day you were fully checked out on all the NASA equipment.  Gemini was my favorite. It just looked cool.  I had the Space Exploration merit badge in Boy Scouts.  My G.I. Joes had a space suit and a Mercury capsule, I built ALL of the models.  I knew the spacecraft inside and out.  It fact a fight broke out in fourth grade over Apollo 8.  John Marquez said that Apollo 8 would be the earth orbit check out of the Lunar Module.  I said that the mission plan was changed and it was going to the Moon.  Fisticuffs ensued.


In 1969 we had the only color TV on the block so for important stuff like going to the Moon the neighborhood would crowd into our living room.  “Lost in Space” and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” were also quite popular.  Three days later, Apollo 11 arrived in Lunar orbit.  We weren’t home for that.  Dad and I were fishing with the Boy Scouts at Pinto Lake.  The mission plan called for a rest period after the landing so we listened to the landing on the radio and had plenty of time to make it home for the EVA.  That’s NASA lingo for getting out and walking around.

But then Neil and Buzz threw us a curve ball.  They told the boys back in Houston that they weren’t tired and wanted to get out on to that Moon.  HOLY SHIT!!!  Fishing immediately stopped.  I’ve got a picture somewhere of Dad dragging the rowboat ashore.  Then it was into the car and haul ass back home.



We got there with time to spare.  The living was already packed with neighbors.  I was excited to say the least.  In fact too excited.  Excited enough to be embarrassing Mom. So…..while THE ENTIRE PLANET watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, I was restricted to my room.  “To cool off”.


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Saturn V Engines Recovered from Atlantic






Saturn V Engines Recovered from Atlantic

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos funded a year long search that has recovered two F-1 Engines from 14,000 feet of water.  The engines belonged to the first stage of the Saturn V moon rocket.  The first stage was jettisoned shortly after launch to be parachuted into the Atlantic Ocean.


This is a F-1 Saturn V rocket engine.
This is one of the F-1’s laying on the sea floor.


It’s unknown which Apollo mission these engines belong to.  The serial numbers have been worn away.  There were ten manned flights of the Saturn V from 1967 until 1972.  There were also five unmanned test shots and the unmanned launch of Skylab.  Regardless, the find is historic and Bezos has decided to donate one to the  National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. and one to the Air Museum of Seattle Washington.

The Saturn V got its name from the five engines of the first stage.

German engineers were designing the rocket engine for a trip to Saturn when President Kennedy redirected them to the moon.  That’s where the “Saturn” in Saturn V comes from.

Recovered Thrust Chamber and Fuel Manifold.

 More pictures of recovery.

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