Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Rocket engine parts that were recovered last week from the ocean will be preserved by a division of the Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson.
The F-1 engine parts arrived Monday at the SpaceWorks division of the Cosmosphere. They were part of the Saturn V rocket that boosted Apollo moon missions in the 1960s and 1970s. The engines broke up after falling back into the ocean.
The Hutchinson News reports parts from two of the engines were raised last week from the ocean about 360 miles off the coast of Florida.
Cosmosphere officials say the goal of this project is to preserve the integrity and original materials of the engines and prevent any further damage. The engines will not be rebuilt with new materials or replicated.