SPACE INSTRUMENT MODELS
TO PRINT & BUILD
Telescopes & More - Build them all!
You will need a printer, paper (card stock is best), scissors, glue, etc.
Skill levels are listed for each model from "easy" to "complex". These are fun models to build by yourself or with others. Children in 3rd grade can build easy ones, sometimes needing adult guidance. Adults will find great pleasure constructing models of all levels. Builders will create an educational collection that will last for years and be a conversation starter.
Before cutting the models out, they may be painted or colored with markers, colored pencils, etc. If you use crayons, do not color into the glue areas. Crayons are wax-based and will not easily accept glue. Some colored pencils are wax-based. Use the same precautions as with crayons.
Card stock is recommended. Being thicker, it is easier to handle and will take more abuse than paper. Paper may be used, but requires delicate handling.
Some of the models will be in color. If you have a color printer, you are in for a treat. The resulting models will be beautiful. They will be at the front of your collection.
To the left is an example of a moderately difficult model cut out page of the MARS EXPRESS instrument. These educational models are courtesy of NASA and ESA. The next picture is one of a 3rd grader who completed a model.
When finished, the models which have not been colored look striking when displayed. Don't be intimidated by models of color. Colored models may be printed as black and white and are still beautiful to see when finished.
PAPER ASTRONOMY INSTRUMENT MODEL LINKS:
ARIANE – ASSEMBLY: http://pierreg.free.fr/carton/projet/arian4/arianass.pdf
Chandra X-Ray Telescope and others: https://science.nasa.gov/science-pink/s3fs-public/atoms/files/HST_Compton_Chandra_PaperModels.pdf
DELTA II Launch rocket: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/uploaded_files/other_files/0004/7834/Delta7920H-300.pdf
INTEGRAL-ESA Spacecraft: https://sci.esa.int/documents/34439/36575/1567254647239-integral_model_kit.pdf
James Webb Space Telescope (lower picture) : https://www.jwst.nasa.gov/model/jwstPaperModelBasic.pdf
ROSSI X-Ray Explorer: https://heasarc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/learning_center/instructions1.html
SOHO Spacecraft: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/363/soho-spacecraft-model/
SPACE SHUTTLE GLIDER: https://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/58283main_Space.Shuttle.Glider.508.pdf
SPITZER Space Telescope: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/uploaded_files/other_files/0004/7832/Spitzer-Paper-Model.pdf
Stardust spacecraft: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/364/stardust-model/
TESS - Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite: https://science.nasa.gov/science-pink/s3fs-public/atoms/files/TESS-Paper-model-v2.pdf
To the left is a paper model of the James Webb telescope. It may be printed out using the listed link in color or black and white. This telescope will replace the Hubble Telescope and is not yet in orbit as of April 2020.
Enjoy your home time while creating paper models of actual spacecraft, observing instruments and visual telescopes.
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