May 22, 2022

Cool! Inside the 3D Scanning of the Apollo 11 Command Module at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

From Smithsonian Magazine:

On a Tuesday morning, an hour before the National Air and Space Museum opened to the public, Adam Metallo, a 3D digitization program officer at the Smithsonian Institution, stood in front of the Apollo 11 command module Columbia.

“We were asked about scanning the Apollo command module both inside and outside, and we gave an emphatic ‘Maybe’ to that question,” Metallo says. “This is one of the most complicated objects we could possibly scan.”

Typically, Metallo and colleague Vince Rossi, also a 3D digitization program officer at the Institution, have a “grab bag” of about half a dozen categories of tools available for 3D scanning projects, each of which might use one or two tool types. “This project uses pretty much everything we have in our lab,” he says. “We brought the lab on site here to the object.”

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See Also: 3D Scanning of Apollo 11 Command Module (Image via Smithsonian)

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