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21 February 2019

The Smithsonian is making a comprehensive 3D scanning of the Apollo 11 command module

The Smithsonian is making a comprehensive 3D scanning of the Apollo 11 command module

From any perspective, Apollo 11 was the first milestone on the path to human conquest of the universe. In 1969, the historic spacecraft was for the first time to send human astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon.Today, it’s still a lot of fans all over the world, despite its command module has already retired, in a plastic display case for the National Air and Space Museum for nearly 40 years.Today, the Smithsonian Institution ( Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the United States ) announced that they are planning to complete the Apollo 11 3D scanning and 3D printing more copies on the basis of this, enable more children to enjoy its style.81

3D printing technology is very cool. Take cheap 3D pens for example, you can create original things that ever only can exist in your brain with it. That’s really a wonderful experience.77
By now,if you  pay a visit to the Apollo 11 command module, you must go to the air and Space Museum in Washington.”We recognise that it has great significance, both the historical and cultural significance and the meaning of engineering technology.”Smithsonian Apollo collection curator Allan A. Needell said: “our challenge is how to show it to  the next generation who are not so familiar with the history.82

According to the plan, the smithsonian institution invited Autodesk (Autodesk) of the company’s top 3D imaging experts, they will make both inside and outside of the Apollo 11 command module a full 3D scanning.Then, using the results of the scan, the experts will be developing high quality full color digital tourism craft.In the near future, we will be able to “sit” in their own home on a spaceship command chair “, what we will provide an experience for people is that when they lie in the seat,they will feel almost the same with the astronaut’s visual experience.”Needell to the Washington post said.78

If this is not cool enough, the next program will be more suitable for our 3D printing enthusiasts.Experts will use the scan data to generate perfect 3D printing file, the website to download these files will be able to pass the museum.Although these the details of the plan is still under discussion, but it is undoubtedly a good way, injected fresh energy to the silent years of Apollo 11, and allow it to those who don’t have the patience museums of a digital generation of intimate contact.Project team even plan according to the result of these scans to develop a simulator game.