Build Your Own Space Fleet

Build Your Own Space Exploration Fleet

Sample Spacecraft ModelRight 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. To help in constructing each model, you will need the free Adobe Reader to print the instructions and model parts. A link to adobe.com is provided with each model.

Remember: Spacecraft construction is a team activity. Get some friends and an adult to pitch in on the mission. Now pick a ship (by clicking its image below) to start your space fleet (or click on the spacecraft name to find out what the mission is all about):

For more models of your favorite NASA spacecraft visit the NASA Science Mission Directorate Models Page.

Juno Spacecraft Paper Model
PDF

This Model Is Rated: Moderately Challenging
1.26 MB, 17 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

Solar-powered Juno is trekking to Jupiter to help us understand how giant planets form.
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
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This Model Is Rated: Easy
64 KB PDF, 3 pages
Requires Adobe Reader
It will print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper

Cassini explores 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 explores 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.
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 caught solar wind samples for return to Earth.
Lunar Prospector
Web: Instructions Parts

This Model Is Rated: Easy
Instructions: 572 KB PDF
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
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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 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 collected samples from Comet Wild 2 and returned them to Earth.