Bradley graduate interns at Smithsonian, 3-D printing Apollo 11 hatch for 50th anniversary

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PEORIA, Ill. — A recent Bradley University graduate from Germantown Hills is interning at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. While landing an internship is a big deal, what he’s working on is even bigger.

Andrew Barth poses with 3D printed image of Command Module from Apollo 11.

Andrew Barth, a mechanical engineering major, has been working on 3-D scans and drawings of 767 replica pieces of artifacts from Apollo 11. This is all in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. He’s been working on a hatch from the Apollo 11 command module.

“Everyone that has worked on this has put that much trust in me,” said Barth. “I’m just a college kid from the middle of Illinois, you know, I don’t really have anything special but they asked me to do this huge project. To be kind of one of the key roles I guess you could say so it was really cool.”

Barth’s work will be on display come July 18, where he will actually put the hatch together with former Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage and artist Jen Schacter in front of the Smithsonian.

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