Rosetta

Scale : 1:4

Size : 9.5' x 1.5'

Location : Leiden, Netherlands

Photo by : Gunnar Rauda

These two scale models were built for Airbus to be displayed in their corporate museum. The installation has the Rosetta spacecraft, the very first effort to rendezvous with a comet, suspended from the ceiling above, with its lander unit, Philae approaching an artistic representation of the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko’s surface. Both of these models were constructed mainly of laser-cut acrylic. The real-life lander had an ill-fated landing on the actual comet when its harpoon propellant failed to anchor it to the surface, resulting in a poor landing and a disappointing data return for a still ultimately successful comet encounter.