Before starting this project, read the information provided on this page carefully.
Build your own INTEGRAL spacecraft
Since its launch, INTEGRAL – which is an ESA mission in cooperation with Russia and the United States - has gone on to play a major role in gamma-ray astronomy. The spacecraft has seen gamma-rays at the centre of the Milky Way that are suspected to be caused by the annihilation of matter and antimatter. Data from the mission suggest that a supernova explosion occurs somewhere in our galaxy every 50 years. INTEGRAL has also studied about 100 black holes and neutron stars in our Galaxy, but detected only a surprisingly small number of supermassive black holes in neighbouring galaxies.
Take up the challenge – build a model of INTEGRAL
As part of this project, you will build your own scale model of the INTEGRAL spacecraft. You can choose any material you like, such as, cardboard, paper, wood, everyday packaging, LEGO®, K'NEX or anything else that may be suitable. There is also no restriction on the scale of the model.
Record your project with a video diary
To enter the competition, you are required to make a video diary to record the construction of the model. The diary should be no more than 10 minutes in length and should document the different phases of construction as well as explain what the different parts of the spacecraft do. For instructions on submitting your video diary for the competition, see Submit entry.
The INTEGRAL spacecraft
To help you build your scale model, the spacecraft's 'vital statistics' are provided. A number of images and drawings that can guide you through the process are also available to view or download from the right-hand menu.
Judging the project
The video diary will be watched by a panel of judges that includes scientists and engineers working on the INTEGRAL mission. It is important to ensure that the video does justice to your model and its construction process. The judges will be looking at the following:
Hints and tips
Check these pages regularly throughout the duration of the competition for any updates and further information.
If you have any questions about the competition or would like to be notified of any updates, contact Rebecca Barnes at SciEduesa.int