Model, 1:5, Hubble Space Telescope


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Explore the Universe exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This a 1:5 scale model of the support systems module of the Hubble Space Telescope. It was fabricated by the Lockheed Missile and Space Company, the contractor responsible for building the flight spacecraft. The model depicts the exterior shell of the spacecraft as well as the exterior assemblies required for its operation. Prominent features on the model include the light shield/aperture door and the two wing-like solar arrays which flank the main tubular assembly. This is one of four scale models of the HST in the NASM collection (see also Catalogue #s 19810041000, 19830232000,). The model was donated to NASM by the Lockheed Company in August 1983 for display in the Stars Gallery until October 1997. It is now on display in the Explore the Universe gallery.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of Lockheed Missiles and Space Company

Country of Origin

United States of America


Wood, plastic, aluminum-coated Mylar


  • Overall: 8 ft. 4 in. wide x 12 ft. deep, 200 lb. (254 x 365.8cm, 90.7kg)
  • Other: 8 ft. diameter x 12 ft. long (243.8 x 365.8cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts