Build your own interplanetary spacecraft -- for free
PARIS (AFP) Dec 04, 2003
Children following the voyage of the Mars Express as it heads towards a Christmas Day rendezvous with the Red Planet can build a model of the spacecraft for free.

Blueprints can be downloaded from the European Space Agency website ( by looking in the multimedia section (

The blueprints can be printed on a colour printer, glued to thin cardboard and then assembled.

Mars Express is Europe's first solo exploration of another planet.

It comprises the Mars Express orbiter which is carrying a small British-built lander, Beagle-2, which will look for signs of life on the Martian surface.

Beagle-2 is due to arrive on Mars on December 25.