Bust of the first cosmonaut and scientist Auguste Piccard
This is the first 1:10 scale miniature of the explorer, scientist, physicist and cosmonaut Auguste Piccard (28. January 1884 – 24. March 1962).
Auguste Antoine Piccard is acknowledged by NASA as the first cosmonaut to have crossed the stratosphere aboard a pressurized capsule. He invented the spherical gondola to study ionized states, cosmic rays and radioactivity in the atmosphere. It was constructed in 1930 and after several ascents, with his twin brother Jean by his side, in 1932 Auguste Piccard rose to an altitude of more than16.000 m. Auguste is also well-known for building not only the first bathyscaphe, but his second vessel, nicknamed Trieste, reached the deepest known point on the Earth's surface.
This is a 12-piece model in unpainted resin.
Miniature bust dim.: 1/10, about 15 cm
Project and support: Di Silvestro Gianpaolo and Simone Rasetti
Painter: Luca Vergerio