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17 August 2012

Build your own Plank Satellite at home!


European Space Agency's Plank Satellite
Build your own Plank Satellite at home!

Do you remember the Plank satellite?
Planck is a space observatory of the European Space Agency (ESA) and designed to observe the anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) over the entire sky, at a high sensitivity and angular resolution. Planck was built in the Cannes Mandelieu Space Center by Thales Alenia Space and created as the third Medium-Sized Mission (M3) of the European Space Agency's Horizon 2000 Scientific Programme.
Now it is your turn to build your own Paper Plank satellite at home! At the UK Outreach Site Plank Satellite they have set up a sheet that you can download and cut/assemble on your own.  There is also a video that shows you how to put it all together. Great activity for your Astronomy Club or just you and the kids.

HERE is the link to the UK Outreach Site Plank satellite where you can find the sheet of the satellite.
HERE is the link to the video of the assembly by Edward Gomez and Stuart Lowe
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