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Papercraft Models of the Planets

 

 

Papercraft Model of Earth

To make this image I started off with three different images. All of the first three, I downloaded from NASA's Visible Earth project. This is the first image I started with. Its the BMNG raw data file for July. You can download it from here.

I used the 1.4GB file you can find at the end of that list. I also like to be able to point out to students in class where the ice packs are. Most notable is the northern ice cap. Any discussion about global warming and I talk about the Northwest Passage. Its fun to talk to students about those old explorers like Roald Amundsen. The picture of the ice cap I use was taken in 2004. I can show the students that since the summer of 2009 the ice you see in this image has shrunk enough now that it is feasible to use the Northwest Passage in the summer. This image is also from Visible Earth and you can download it here. As well I needed to use the black and white raw bathymetry from here. For some reason in the July image I use a large chuck of the bathymetry data just above Antarctica is missing. So I grabbed the missing data from the black and white bathymetry data, colored it to match, then filled in the missing part of the image. The last image used I got from wikipedia. Somebody named Dave Pape also used some data from Visible Earth and created this orthographic projection of Antarctica. Thank you Dave. All image credits for these images goes to NASA, and to Dave for the Antarctica image. So finally here is the papercraft model of Earth for download:

Planet Earth Model

The Papercraft Model of

Earth Free Download

A finished model.

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Papercraft Model of Jupiter

-To make this image i used 3 images from the JPL/NASA Photo Journal site. The first image is a cylindrical map image of Jupiter that was made between December 11th and 12th, 2000. It was taken over a two day period by the Cassini Orbiter. In the atmospheric clouds the Great Red Spot can of course be seen as well as several white ovals in the Southern hemisphere. In the North bright storms with lightning going off in them can be seen at the northern latitudes

. You can download the image here. I used the full-res tiff version. For the poles I got the north and south pole images from the same place. The north pole image can be downloaded here. The north pole image contains more detail than the south pole image. I would imagine that this is because of the angle of the spacecraft at the time the images were made. The south pole image can be downloaded here. For both images of the poles I only used the sections above 70° latitude. For all three images image credit goes to, "NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute". Now here is the papercraft model of Jupiter for download:

The Papercraft Model of

Jupiter Free Download

A finished model.

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Papercraft Model of Mars

-To make this 3 images were again needed. The first image is a cylindrical map of Mars. I got this image from the web site www.solarviews.com. It is a great web site with loads of great images with many created by the author himself Calvin J. Hamilton. I got the cylindrical map of Mars from this page in particular. I used the 5mb version. On the web page its stated that the image was created by the USGS. For the poles I got the images from www.nasaimages.com. For the north pole the image from www.nasaimages.com was used. I used just the ice cap and a bit out from it and blended it onto the Mars papercraft. I did the same thing for the south pole image that can be found at www.nasaimages.com. For the two images of the poles image credit goes to, "NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Scientific Visualization Studio". On the finished model all the pieces really came together well and gives students a great tool to help them visualize Mars. Olympus Mons (Solar System's largest volcano), and the three Tharsis Montes (smaller volcano's), the polar caps, Valles Marineris (a massive canyon system) and several other great features can all be clearly seen.

The Papercraft Model of

Mars Free Download

A finished model.

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Moon Worksheet Handout

 

 

Papercraft Instruction Videos

Part I - Cutting

Music is, "Jupiter" by Gustav Holst

from "The Planets"

 

 

Part II - Coloring

Music is, "Venus" by Gustav Holst

from "The Planets"

 

 

Part III - Taping it Together

Music is, "Mercury" by Gustav Holst

from "The Planets"

 

 

Part IV - Putting the Two Halves Together

Music is, "Uranus" by Gustav Holst

from "The Planets"

 

 

Part V- Putting the Hemispheres Together

Music is, "Mars" by Gustav Holst

from "The Planets"

 

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