Amazing Treasures All Found On The Bottom Of The Ocean
Watch the Apollo 11 engines being retrieved from the ocean...
For the first time since they helped propel Moon-bound astronauts off Earth in 1969, the Apollo 11 engines are again above-ground. A team funded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos raised the battered, corroded turbines, thrust chambers and heat exchangers from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Canaveral, 4 267 m below the water's surface.
The parts made up a Saturn V rocket's five F-1 engines, each of which was capable of producing 23,8 million kilowatts by burning 2 720 kg of paraffin and liquid oxygen per second. The team used remotely operated subs tethered to salvage ships via fibre-optic and electrical cables to pull the engines from the sea floor. The goal is to restore them to their pre-seawater-soaked state.
Blackbeard the pirate's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge was discovered in 1996 by Intersal, Inc. (http://www.lat3440.com/). Join Nautilus Productions & underwater archaeologists from the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project as they explore the wreck site near Beaufort Inlet, NC.
An American company has made what is being called the heaviest and deepest recovery of precious metals from a shipwreck.
The Tampa, Fla.-based Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. has recovered 48 tons of silver bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a sunken British cargo ship in three miles of water off the coast of Ireland. Between the Gairsoppa, torpedoed by a German U-boat during World War II, and the SS Mantola, sunk by a German submarine during World War I, Odyssey said in a press release that about 240 tons of silver may be recovered by the end of the operation.
The giant squid (genus: Architeuthis) is a deep-ocean dwelling squid in the family Architeuthidae, represented by as many as eight species. Giant squid can grow to a tremendous size (see Deep-sea gigantism): recent estimates put the maximum size at 13 m (43 ft) for females and 10 m (33 ft) for males from the posterior fins to the tip of the two long tentacles (second only to the colossal squid at an estimated 14 m (46 ft), one of the largest living organisms). The mantle is about 2 m (6.6 ft) long (more for females, less for males), and the length of the squid excluding its tentacles is about 5 m (16 ft). Claims of specimens measuring 20 m (66 ft) or more have not been scientifically documented.
Hundreds of life-size human sculptures were recently installed as part of a new underwater sculpture garden off Cancún, Mexico.
In 30 b.c., against the backdrop of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the most majestic of all ancient cities, a great queen proudly and defiantly took her life. More than two thousand years later, the world remains fascinated and haunted by this most intriguing woman, Cleopatra VII, yet practically everything we know about her is based on ancient text fragments, literature, and myth. Was she the temptress of legend? A ruthless, ambitious conqueror? Or was she a strong, brilliant, visionary ruler, a passionate and loyal woman, and a fiercely devoted mother?