Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Apollo 11. He’s Still Innovating

Workers aboard the ship Seabed Worker recover a thrust chamber from an F-1 rocket used to send the Apollo 11 to the moon. Courtesy Bezos Expeditions

On July 16, 1969 at 9:32 a.m. EST, five F-1 engines lifted the 6.2 million-pound Saturn V rocket into space. (As a reference point, that’s the equivalent of tossing about 400 full-grown elephants into the air at once.) Jeff Bezos, who was 5 years old at the time, was watching—intently. Four days later, on July 20, 1969 at 4:18 p.m. EST, the young Bezos was mesmerized by the words “Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed” when the lunar module gently set three men onto the moon.

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