You Should 3D Print Your Own Space Shuttle


When I was a kid, one of my favorite places in the world was the National Air and Space Museum down in Washington, DC. It, and its annex building over in Virginia, have some of the coolest exhibits imaginable. Moon rocks! Early airplanes! Satellites! But three exhibits, out of them all, stand above: The SR-71 Blackbird, the Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Since my childhood trips to Air and Space, I’ve loved all three of those planes. So it’s very convenient for me that the Smithsonian has begun 3D scanning its exhibits, and leaving the models up online for anyone to go print out. By the end of today, I’ll have a Discovery of my own.

Gif: Smithsonian Institution / Steve DaSilva

Somewhere in that blue mass is the landing gear to a little baby Discovery
Gif: Steve DaSilva / Jalopnik

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