Scale model (1:6) of the Hipparcos (High Precision Parallax Collecting Satellite) astrometry spacecraft

Made:
1984-1985 (model); 1989 (original launched)
maker:
European Space Agency
1:6 model of the Hipparcos astrometry satellite. Three quarter front view. Black background 1:6 model of the Hipparcos astrometry satellite. Three quarter front view cropped for gallery use. Black background

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1:6 model of the Hipparcos astrometry satellite. Three quarter front view. Black background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1:6 model of the Hipparcos astrometry satellite. Three quarter front view cropped for gallery use. Black background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model of Hipparcos astronomy satellite spacecraft, scale 1:6, made by ESA (European Space Agency), 1984-1985.

Hipparcos was the first space mission designed to map stars. It measured the positions, distances and motion of over 2½ million stars to new degrees of precision.

The satellite’s name acknowledges the Greek astronomer Hipparchus, who systematically mapped over a thousand stars with the naked eye around 150 BC. In 2010 a new mission called Gaia will launch, aiming to map over a billion stars.

Details

Category:
Space Technology
Object Number:
1986-850
Materials:
metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified) and wood (unidentified)
type:
model - representation
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
  • spacecraft
  • unmanned spacecraft
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
European Space Agency