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Expedition Finds 2 Of NASA's Apollo Engines Off Fla. Coast

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -

Talk about your quintessential needle in the haystack. They were 3 miles deep, out in the Atlantic in total darkness. But now, decades later, these famous rocket parts are back from where they came, Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Bezos Expeditions spent three weeks out in the Atlantic, not only finding these historic components that sent humans to the moon, but plucking them up from the ocean floor and hoisting them 14,000 feet to the surface.

Bezos – as in the billionaire founder of Amazon.com and a serious space enthusiast.

He and his crew worked tirelessly, operating the remotely operated vehicles equipped with lights and cameras, spotting what had not been seen by anyone seen for 40 years.

"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," Bezos said in a statement.

The massive Saturn V rockets powered every Apollo mission to space, including the historic 1969 Apollo 11 mission that truly was that "giant step for mankind."

Eventually, these parts will end up at museums, likely the Kennedy Space Center and the Smithsonian.

The engines and rocket parts splashed down 360 miles east of Florida back in the late 1960s and early '70s, after blasting seven Apollo missions to space, six of which put astronauts on the lunar surface.

Because of the elements and time, some of the serial numbers are really challenging to read, so it's going to be challenging and difficult to match up which rocket part went with which Apollo mission.

But it's certainly an exciting day for anyone who loves space exploration, Fox News correspondent Phil Keating reported.

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