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Build Your Own Space Exploration Fleet
Sample Spacecraft Model Right now, a bunch of super tough robots are out there exploring our solar system. You can build paper versions of many of them right here on Earth.

Paper modeling - or card modeling - is the art of constructing things with only colored, cut and folded pieces of paper. If you want to know more - or just need some tips - visit http://cardfaq.org, a website devoted to paper modeling. (Note: You will need the free Adobe Reader to print the instructions and model parts.)

Remember: Spacecraft construction is a team activity. Get some friends and an adult to pitch in on the mission. Now pick a ship to start your space fleet (or click on the spacecraft name to find out what the mission is all about):
Balloon-Powered Nanorover
PDF
This Model Is Rated: Easy
636 KB PDF, 9 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

These tiny rovers could someday explore the nooks and crannies of our solar system.
Cassini - Simple Paper Model
PDF
This Model Is Rated: Easy
64 KB PDF, 3 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

Cassini is on its way to explore Saturn and its intriguing rings and moons.
Gingerbread Cassini
PDF
This Model Is Rated: Easy
112 KB PDF, 2 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

Learn about spacecraft parts and then eat them. Education never tasted so good.
Cassini - Advanced Paper Model
PDF: Instructions Parts
This Model Is Rated: Challenging
Instructions: 76 KB PDF, 6 pages
Model Parts: 168 KB PDF, 14 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

Cassini is on its way to explore Saturn and its intriguing rings and moons.
CONTOUR
PDF: Instructions Parts
This Model Is Rated: Easy
Instructions: 146 KB PDF, 1 page
Model Parts: 271 KB PDF, 2 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

This comet explorer was lost in space. But the model is still very cool.
Deep Space Network 34-Meter Antenna
PDF: Instructions Parts
This Model Is Rated: Challenging
Instructions: 5.39 MB PDF, 25 pages
Model Parts: 74 KB PDF, 5 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

NASA's Deep Space Network tracks real spacecraft. This paper model of a 34-meter antenna will be perfect for keeping tabs on your paper fleet.
Galileo
PDF: Instructions Parts
This Model Is Rated: Challenging
Instructions: 1 MB PDF, 25 pages
Model Parts: 52.3 KB PDF, 6 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

Galileo was the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter.
Genesis
PDF: Instructions Parts
This Model Is Rated: Moderately Challenging
Instructions: 40 KB PDF, 1 page
Model Parts: 56 KB PDF, 6 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

Genesis is catching pieces of the Sun for return to Earth.
Lunar Prospector
Web: Instructions Parts
This Model Is Rated: Easy
Instructions: Web Link
Model Parts: 78 KB JPG
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

This orbiter made a detailed map of Earth's Moon.
Mars 2001 Odyssey - Black & White
PDF
This Model Is Rated: Easy
52 KB PDF, 1 page
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

This hardworking orbiter is still uncovering the secrets of the Red Planet with powerful cameras and sensors.
Mars 2001 Odyssey - Color
PDF
This Model Is Rated: Easy
53 KB PDF, 1 page
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

This hardworking orbiter is still uncovering the secrets of the Red Planet with powerful cameras and sensors.
Mars Polar Lander
PDF: Instructions Parts
This Model Is Rated: Easy
Instructions: 112 KB PDF, 11 pages
Parts: 43 KB PDF, 2 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

Mars Polar Lander crashed on Mars. Recreate the mission with this paper model.
Mars Express
PDF:
This Model Is Rated: Moderately Challenging
2.9 MB PDF, 15 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

Mars Express is Europe's first mission to explore another planet.
NEAR
PDF
This Model Is Rated: Easy
43 KB PDF, 3 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission was the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
Pioneer 10
PDF: Instructions Parts
This Model Is Rated: Challenging
Instructions: 1.09 MB PDF, 9 pages
Parts: 1.19 MB PDF, 6 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

Pioneer 10 was first through the asteroid belt and first to Jupiter.
SOHO
PDF
This Model Is Rated: Easy
1.7 MB PDF, 6 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory keeps a constant watch on our Sun.
Stardust
PDF: Instructions Parts
This Model Is Rated: Challenging
Instructions: 502 KB PDF, 10 pages
Parts: 32.5 KB PDF, 3 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

NASA's comet chasing Stardust will collect samples from Comet Wild 2 and return them to Earth.
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