Jeff Bezos Fucking Loves Rockets

Have you ever cared about something as much as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos cares about NASA engine components at the bottom of the sea? I doubt it. Note to all American tycoons: this is how you should show off.

I'm sure Bezos lives a very comfortable life with the cash he's earned, but he's devoting a not-insignificant portion of it to something crazy, obscure, and nerd-exciting: salvaging and studying rusty old parts of the Apollo 11 mission. Look at how pumped up Jeff is right now:

Today, I’m thrilled to share some exciting news. One of the conservators who was scanning the objects with a black light and a special lens filter has made a breakthrough discovery – “2044” – stenciled in black paint on the side of one of the massive thrust chambers. 2044 is the Rocketdyne serial number that correlates to NASA number 6044, which is the serial number for F-1 Engine #5 from Apollo 11. The intrepid conservator kept digging for more evidence, and after removing more corrosion at the base of the same thrust chamber, he found it – "Unit No 2044" – stamped into the metal surface.

A serial number! A serial number just made Jeff Bezos' week. He could be spending the budget for this project on more cars or vanity sailing races, but he's not. He's just being a huge, curious geek, and it makes me love him.