Spacecraft Models

Juno
Juno Spacecraft Paper Model Paper Model

Skill Level: Intermediate

Juno is a sophisticated spacecraft designed to investigate Jupiter’s elemental composition, gravity field, magnetic field, and more. You can build your own Juno scale model.

Model Image
Make a Model of the Pluto/Charon System (All Ages) Paper Model

Skill Level: Easy

Pluto and Charon are a binary system. Build your own model of a binary system and see what makes it so unique! With adult help, children of any age will enjoy this activity.

Pluto Glove
Make Your Own Pluto Globe (All Ages) Paper Model

Skill Level: Easy

Assemble your own globe of Pluto using images from the Hubble Space Telescope—the best images of Pluto we have had until New Horizons!

NEAR
NEAR Spacecraft Paper Model Paper Model

Skill Level: Easy

As the first mission launched in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Discovery Program, the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission is setting the stage for asteroidal exploration and forming a base of knowledge that will be the framework for future missions. The NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft was designed and built by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which is managed the mission for NASA.

OSIRIS-REx
OSIRIS-REx Paper Spacecraft Model Paper Model

Skill Level: Intermediate

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security - Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is the first U.S. mission to fly to, study, and retrieve a pristine sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for further study. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s target is asteroid Bennu, a near-Earth carbonaceous asteroid and one of the most potentially hazardous to Earth. Bennu has been studied in detail by ground- and space-based telescopes, greatly reducing mission risk and providing strong evidence for the presence of material available for sampling. Asteroids are the leftover debris from the Solar System formation process that began more than 4 billion years ago. Studying the sample from Bennu will revolutionize our understanding of the early Solar System and teach us much about planetary history and the origin of life. OSIRIS-REx will expand our knowledge of the hazards and resources in near-Earth space and will serve as a precursor to future asteroid missions.