Science Museum Creates Stunning 2 Billion-Point 3D Model Of Shipping Galleries With 275 Lasers

The Science Museum has preserved its historic Shipping Galleries - opened in 1963 and closed in 2012 - by creating an absolutely staggering 2 billion point 3D model.

Using 275 laser scans of the galleries, the museum built a stunning virtual model of the entire exhibition, preserved in time.

The video uses just 10% of the data, which will be released publicly later this year.On its website the Science Museum explained:

Originally opened in 1963, the Shipping Galleries were home to the Museum's maritime collection until 2012, when the galleries closed. Before the 1800 objects on display were moved into storage, a 3D point cloud model of the space was created.

The galleries held some very significant objects, including the world's first marine gas turbine. This 1947 Metropolitan-Vickers engine was derived from a wartime jet and fitted to an experimental motor gunboat.

Also on show was the original builders' model of Brunel's famous Great Eastern, once the world's largest ship. This enormous vessel, originally named Leviathan and built on London's Isle of Dogs, was used to lay the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable in 1866. Its launching slip can still be seen on the riverfront following archaeological excavation.

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