Planetary Probe, Comet Penetrator, Drop Test Model

Originally designed for a future Mars Penetrator mission, probes such as this have been extensively tested for planetary exploration. Instruments on a comet nucleus penetrator could relay back information on composition of unaltered subsurface comet material, the variation in temperature near the surface, and the strength of the surface. This penetrator was produced in the 1980s for drop tests in planning for a future Mars mission.

Transferred by NASA Ames Research Center

Transferred by NASA Ames Research Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA Ames Research Center

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Exploring the Planets

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Test Vehicles

Materials
aluminin and tungston steel
Dimensions
3-D: 119.4 x 8.9cm, 18.1kg (47 x 3 1/2 in., 40lb.)

Originally designed for a future Mars Penetrator mission, probes such as this have been extensively tested for planetary exploration. Instruments on a comet nucleus penetrator could relay back information on composition of unaltered subsurface comet material, the variation in temperature near the surface, and the strength of the surface. This penetrator was produced in the 1980s for drop tests in planning for a future Mars mission.

Transferred by NASA Ames Research Center

Transferred by NASA Ames Research Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA Ames Research Center

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Exploring the Planets

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Test Vehicles

Materials
aluminin and tungston steel
Dimensions
3-D: 119.4 x 8.9cm, 18.1kg (47 x 3 1/2 in., 40lb.)

ID: A19850393000