The 56th anniversary of the assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy will be celebrated later this month. Early next year, you will have a chance to see the bullets used to assassinate John F. Kennedy’s life. The U.S. National Archives will recently upload high-definition 3D images of the Kennedy bullet to its online catalog, engadget reported. To create a replica of the bullet, the National Archives, with the help of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its ballistics research team, used a professional microscope to analyze the images to create a 3D surface map of the bullet. According to the NIST, the bullets took “countless hours” to image.
Note: Images from NIST
The researchers say that not only can you see the grooves formed by the barrel of the gun, but also the details of scratches that are invisible to the naked eye. NIST also copied some of the other bullets used for assassination.
The National Archives said it had received “many” requests to see the bullets. The agency believes that by digitally reproducing bullets, it can meet the needs of some people.