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.
- Space Technology
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- model - representation
- furnishing and equipment
- vehicle - transportation
- unmanned spacecraft
- visual and verbal communication
- European Space Agency