Pioneer 1 Lunar Probe

Scale 1:10 Published: February 21, 2007

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scale model of pioneer 1 paper model of pioneer 1 satellite with thor launcher
The Pioneer 1 was launched with thor-able rocket.
pioneer 1 cardboard model pioneer 1 satellite paper craft

The model comes with a stand. 

    

History 

On October 11, 1958 the Pioneer 1 Lunar Probe was launched on a Thor-Able rocket on a mission to fly by the moon.

The spacecraft consisted of two laminated plastic cones with a thin cylinder in the middle. Black or white plastic stripes were used for thermal control. At the top of the spacecraft was a retro-rocket for lunar orbit insertion.  In the other end eight small low-thrust solid propellant velocity adjustment rockets were mounted on a ring. They could be jettisoned after use. The instrument section consisted of an infra-red TV camera, a magnetometer, a simple micrometeroid impact detector and a radiation detector.

A programming error in the Pioneer 1 launch vehicle upper stage resulted in Pioneer 1 being given insufficient velocity to escape the Earth's gravitational field. Although Pionner 1 newer reached lunar orbit, it was not a complete failure. In fact it did reach an altitude of 113854 km above Earth (A record at that time) and provided data on the extent of the Earth's radiation belts. The vehicle reentered over the Pacific Ocean 2 days later.

Sources:

NASM space artifacts

NSSDC Master Catalog Display: Spacecraft

Pioneer 0, 1, 2 Quicklook

Lunar impact: A history of project ranger Part I.

Wikipedia

www.astronautix.com

Ninfinger - photos from Al Cikas

Space.Skyrocket.de

mentallandscape.com

Books:
Kenneth W. Gatland: Satelliter og sonder (Danish edition)