Space Education (An apple surrounded by Saturn's rings)
Space Education

Here are some coloring pages of radioisotope-powered spacecraft for you to download, print, and color:

Coloring Rockets

Apollo - astronauts used radioisotope thermoelectric generators to power experiments on the surface of the moon

Mars Curiosity Rover - exploring the surface of Mars

Dragonfly - a planned future mission to Saturn's largest moon, Titan


Here are some 3D models and some fun hands-on activities that show when, where, and how NASA uses radioisotope power to enable spacecraft to explore the solar system.


Cardboard MMRTG model
Make your own cardboard MMRTG model

You can build your own cardboard model of a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, the power supply for the Curiosity and Perseverance rovers on Mars. The building instructions can be found here: Make Your Own MMRTG


Voyager 1 and 2 model
If you have access to a 3D printer, you can print your own Voyager 1 and 2 models.

You can 3D print the RPS-powered Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. Download the 3D printing file.


Cassini_spacecraft_model
If you have access to a 3D printer, you can print your own Cassini spacecraft model.

You can 3D print the RPS-powered Cassini spacecraft that orbited Saturn for 13 years. Download the 3D printing file.


Mars Curiosity Rover model
If you have access to a 3D printer, you can print your own Mars Curiosity Rover

You can 3D print the RPS-powered Mars Curiosity Rover. Download the 3D printing file.


New Horizons 3D printed model
If you have access to a 3D printer, you can print your own New Horizons spacecraft model

You can 3D print the RPS-powered New Horizons spacecraft that flew by Pluto. Download the 3D printing file.


Girl drawing a planet with sidewalk chalk
Students of all ages can learn about the distances of the planets in our solar system and when NASA needs each type of power system to explore.

COMING SOON: Make a chalk drawing of the solar system on your sidewalk, and learn about the RPS-powered NASA missions that have explored each planet.

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