Jeff Bezos founder and CEO of Amazon.com, and now, bona-fide ocean explorer. A year after vowing to send a team into the ocean to find F-1 engines from the historic Apollo 11 moon launch, Bezos announced Wednesday that the team had recovered F-1 engine parts.
Because many original serial numbers are missing or partially missing, it was unclear if they actually came from the Apollo 11 mission.
Calling it an “incredible adventure,” the billionaire said the team had just finished three weeks at sea, working nearly three miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
“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,” Bezos said in a post on his Bezos Expeditions blog.
“We photographed many beautiful objects in situ and have now recovered many prime pieces. 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.”
Bezos said remotely operated vehicles worked at a depth of more than 14,000 feet, tethered to a ship with fiber optics for data and electric cables transmitting power at more than 4,000 volts.
The team, he said, is bringing back enough major components to fashion displays of two flown F-1 engines, which were developed by Rocketdyne engineers in Canoga Park. Upcoming restoration will stabilize the hardware and prevent further corrosion.
Meanwhile over at Bezos competitors business eBay Inc, CEO John Donahoe is dealing with glitch after glitch. A very curious ‘glitch‘ has popped up on ebaY. Sellers’ listings are being deleted or cancelled due to reaching seller limits erroneously. There is more than one complaint thread topic. Ebay customer support acknowledges a ‘widespread’ bug.
“In December, at a gathering of eBay employees at a San Jose concert hall, Donahoe chastised them for ordering from the competition: I see competitors’ boxes coming to our mailroom. You should be using our products and using PayPal products wherever you see them.“
One CEO is doing very well in life – the other is releasing really impressive looking press releases. But anyone that knows eBay, knows eBay lies, eBay lies all the time. Sellers are sacrificial lambs to help eBay prop up it’s earnings and impress wall street.