Model, Observatory, Orbiting Astronomical

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This 1/32 scale model of an Orbiting Astronomical Observatory is a piece of memorabilia of that project, which launched four separate astronomical instruments into Earth orbit between 1966 and 1972. Two of the spacecraft succeeded in achieving stable orbits and taking observations. Grumman manufactured the spacecraft.

This model was owned by F. Peter Simmons, an aerospace engineer who studied at the George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Simmons worked as Director of Space Astronomy at Grumman Aerospace Corporation.

Simmons gave the model to the Museum when he donated his papers to the Museum's Archives in 2005.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Gift of F. Peter Simmons

Materials

  • Plastic
  • White Metal
  • Paint

Dimensions

  • Model: 14.6 x 6.4 x 20.3cm (5 3/4 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 8 in.)
  • 3-D (Stand): 8.6 x 12.7cm (3 3/8 x 5 in.)
  • Storage: 53.3 x 24.1 x 18.7cm (21 x 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Inventory Number

A20120266000

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