Since the dawn of time, humans have been fascinated with the universe and what it might hold. For this category, build something relating to the study of astronomy. For example, Galileo's telescope, a model of the solar system, or even a brick-built planet. There is room for a lot of creativity here, but make sure you don't build anything Sci-fi, futuristic, or non-scientific related.
Venera 7 was a Soviet spacecraft launched in August 1970 en route to Venus, after it's sister mission (Cosmos 359) failed to leave Earth's orbit. The objectives of the mission were to return data from the Venusian atmosphere, make a landing on the surface, and continue to return data after touchdown. Venera 7 was the first spacecraft to successfully land on another planet and return data to Earth. 6 minutes after the parachute deployed, and as the craft drifted through the atmosphere of Venus, the parachute ripped and the craft impacted the surface sideways with its antenna on its side. Weeks later when reviewing the mission tapes, scientists discovered that Venera had been sending data for another 23 minutes at 1% signal strength before it's batteries died.
Wasn't too sure of this, my first thought was that it was a booster/thruster area, I'm probably wrong. There weren't any schematics I could find with this craft, so I'm just assuming.
Sun/star locator. Utilizes an absolutely useless hockey puck for the upper area.
This area would presumably be the thruster/booster area, but again, as no schematics were available I wasn't sure of it's function.
Solar panel closeup. The other side is identical.
Closeup of Venera 7 itself (the sphere). The bars and flex tubing are the rig used to hold up the assembled craft when it was being moved around. The CCCP is made from trimmed Lego stickers.
And finally, a snapshot with everyone's favorite default cosmonaut! The red spaceman was commonly seen as a Russian Cosmonaut to my knowledge, so it's only fitting that he makes an appearance!
I always wanted to build a Soviet craft, and I absolutely loved doing it! The Space Race has always been of great interest to me, and after learning a lot about NASA's side I've always wanted to know more about the Soviet Union's space programs. I dug into Venera and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about it, building the craft was a different story...
Also didn't realize until after taking the pics, but I forgot to remove the rig used to move the craft when I was taking the main pic, as it is supposed to represent the craft entering Venus' orbit. Whoops.
First post for the MocAthalon this month, expect at least one, maybe two more or so from me.
Hockey pucks are useful here in Canada.... ;) Extremely well done! Accuracy to the original is perfect. Score: 4. (BTW, that large dish that you were unsure about is probably its antenna for communication with Earth.)