Build Your Own Scale Models of JPL Spacecraft

An excellent way to learn more about a JPL space exploring machine, and its mission, is to build a scale model. Spend some time assembling one, and you'll be sure to know the spacecraft very well indeed!

The scale models offered here have parts for you to download and print on card stock, instructions for putting them together, and links to mission information. Everything you need, such as white glue, scissors, etc. is listed. Some are quick and easy to assemble. Others require several hours' time and great care.

In general, these remarkable scale models may be inappropriate for people younger than about age 12, depending largely on motivation. Sometimes you'll find copies of these assembled models on the desks of engineers and scientists, using them for reference in their space mission.

A word of caution: some require use of a sharp art knife, so if children are involved, strict adult supervision is required.

Cassini propulsion module Model of Cassini spacecraft "bus" compared to a thumb (on left).

Juno
Juno
Mission to Jupiter
Galileo
Galileo
Mission to Jupiter
Stardust
Stardust
Mission to Comet Wild 2
Cassini (complex)
Cassini (complex)
Mission to Saturn
Cassini (simple)
Cassini (simple)
Mission to Saturn
Deep Space Network, 34-Meter Tracking Antenna
Deep Space Network
34-Meter Tracking Antenna

Mars Pathfinder (complex)
Mars Pathfinder (complex)
Rover Mission to Mars
Mars Pathfinder (simple)
Mars Pathfinder (simple)
Rover Mission to Mars
Odyssey
Mars Odyssey
Mars Climate Orbiter
Mars Climate Orbiter
Near
Near
Mission to Asteroid Eros

For more spacecraft models, please visit these NASA websites Spacelink, Science for Kids