Preserving the JFK Assassination Bullets
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Preserving the JFK Assassination Bullets

December 10, 2019


[NOISE] It looks like a police convention. We have never seen as many Dallas police
officers in one location in all of our years of covering Dallas news, but
they are here in great profusion. This [SOUND] is a split-second,
timed operation for the Secret Service, and the Air Force, and the Signal Corps. [MUSIC]>>Every artifact has a story. [MUSIC] And that story is in the details.>>This was one of the most significant
events of the 20th century for Americans. And it is something that just continues
to have interest for the public. Over the years, researchers have asked for
access to these materials. But they are somewhat fragile, and
we do have preservation concerns.>>So we wrote a letter asking for
access, it was denied. We wrote another letter appealing it,
and that was denied too.>>NARA was interested in having a preservation of these artifacts that are
greater than what they had before, which are the artifacts themselves, and then
also photographs that were getting dated.>>We figured that this was the time
to explore three-dimensional imagery, and that’s when we started to reach out to federal agencies who had
the capability to do this. And NIST had the capability to
produce the imagery that we wanted.>>Every artifact has a story.>>Every possible
precaution has been taken. The reception line has formed,
and there is Mrs. Kennedy.>>The president’s car is now
turning onto Elm Street, and it will be only a matter of minutes
before he arrives at the Trade Mart. [SOUND] There appears as though
something has happened, and the motorcade sees something, I repeat,
has happened in the motorcade group. Something has happened in the motorcade,
we stand by, please.>>From Dallas, Texas,
the flash, apparently official, President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, 2 o’clock Eastern
Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago.>>And that story is in the details.>>I do think, because I’ve devoted much
of my life to it, professional life, that it’s always important to bring
technology to bear on these old questions. [MUSIC]>>Using new technology that’s
cutting-edge with high definition photography, both digital and
analog, we’re able to preserve these artifacts in a manner that will probably
take care of many generations after us.>>You’re going to see every
groove in the bullet, every nick. It’s going to be a very true
representation of the original. I think that the public will find
that by conducting these scans and making the data of the enhanced,
magnified images of the bullets available, that they will have more access than
they’ve ever had to these materials.>>Every artifact has a story. And through the collaboration between
NIST and the National Archives, the story of these artifacts can
be shared for generations to come. [MUSIC]

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  2. Read the story: https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2019/12/kennedy-assassination-bullets-preserved-digital-form

  3. It's a good thing comments are switched off, this'll only attract the worst kind of idiots. Funny how the more hard evidence you give people (for FREE), the more incredulous they get.

  4. Good idea but no amount of technology is going to change the fact Oswald acted alone. It's long ago been proven Oswald is the lone assassin. New technology will only cement Oswald's guilt.

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