NASA Contour Paper Model
This is the Contour Spacecraft Model
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This Contour model is owned by the public, is presented by Fiddler's Green and is available here as an exclusive offer on a rotating basis with the blessings of Uncle Sam.
The Comet Nucleus Tour, or CONTOUR, Mission was to take a spacecraft closer to the heart of a comet, its nucleus, than ever before. The CONTOUR spacecraft was to fly by at least two comets during its travels, dramatically improving knowledge of key characteristics of comet nuclei and assessing their diversity.
CONTOUR stands for the Comet Nucleus Tour which was launched in 2002. It was supposed to do a flyby of the two comets, Encke and Schwassmann-Wachmann-3, and then possibly cruise past another comet called d'Arrest.
There was a solid rocket moter onboard that was intended to bump it up into solar orbit, but NASA lost communication with the spacecraft just after it was ignited.
After that it gets real spooky. Telescopes on the ground recorded three unknown objects flying right along the same course as the Contour satellite, and speculations have been made about what happened to the craft.
A little over 4 months later, NASA stopped even trying to contact the spacecraft. No one really knows what happened to it.
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