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Lego Figures To Fly To Jupiter On Juno

NASA Juno LogoLego and NASA are continuing their partnership of geek-inspired-awesomeness (GIA) with tomorrow’s (August 5th 2011) launch of the Juno spacecraft.

After the excitement and a little sadness (if you are a fellow-geek) of the last Space Shuttle Mission, NASA is moving on to unmanned projects like sending a spacecraft to orbit Jupiter, the focus of this latest launch.

As Lego had partnered with NASA to send some of their beautiful bricks on Space Shuttle missions it made sense that they would also make a contribution to the exploration of our larger galaxy as well.

Three minifigures were constructed especially for the journey, and reflect the Roman-God theme of the mission – Jupiter (the planet), Juno (the spacecraft) and Atlas (Atlas V-The very big rocket that will get Juno off Earth) are all named after Roman gods.

The three figures are Galileo Galilei (the grand-daddy of astronomy and not a Roman God but certainly could be considered a god-like Italian :0) ), the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno. As yet we have no word as to whether the figures will make their way into sets (or collectible minifigures).

You can watch the launch of Juno and his fellow figures live on NASA TV.

Here is the Official Press Release:

Lego Juno FiguresJuno Spacecraft to Carry Three Figurines to Jupiter Orbit 08.03.11

Three LEGO figurines representing the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno and Galileo Galilei are shown here aboard the Juno spacecraft.

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA’s Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft will carry the 1.5-inch likeness of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno to Jupiter when the spacecraft launches this Friday, Aug. 5.

The inclusion of the three mini-statues, or figurines, is part of a joint outreach and educational program developed as part of the partnership between NASA and the LEGO Group to inspire children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In Greek and Roman mythology, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief. From Mount Olympus, Juno was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter’s true nature. Juno holds a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth, while her husband holds a lightning bolt. The third LEGO crew member is Galileo Galilei, who made several important discoveries about Jupiter, including the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honor). Of course, the miniature Galileo has his telescope with him on the journey.

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Lego Juno Figures In The SpacecraftThe launch period for Juno opens Aug. 5 and extends through Aug. 26. For an Aug. 5 liftoff, the launch window opens at 8:34 a.m. PDT (11:34 a.m. EDT) and remains open through 9:43 a.m. PDT (12:43 p.m. EDT). The spacecraft is expected to arrive at Jupiter in 2016. The mission will investigate the gas giant’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. Juno’s color camera will provide close-up images of Jupiter, including the first detailed glimpse of the planet’s poles.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. The Juno mission is part of the New Frontiers Program managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft. Launch management for the mission is the responsibility of NASA’s Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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DC Agle 818-393-9011
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
agle@jpl.nasa.gov

Dwayne Brown 202-358-1726
NASA Headquarters, Washington
Dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov

Andrew Arnold + 45 23 24 1770
LEGO Group, Copenhagen, Denmark
Andrew.Arnold@LEGO.com

More information about Juno is available at: http://www.nasa.gov/juno and http://missionjuno.swri.edu .

You can follow the mission on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nasajuno.

NASA and Lego have some great resources for parents and kids as well as educators.

Kids can join the NASA Kids Club to learn more about the organisation, space flight and space in general.

Lego has a dedicated Lego Space page that has a whole heap of educational activities and downloads as well as more information on their partnership with NASA and the latest Lego space sets.

All images courtesy and copyright NASA.

Lego Super Star Destroyer 10221 (Executor)

Lego Super Star Destroyer 10221 1The Lego Super Star Destroyer 10221, otherwise known as Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer, or simply The Executor was announced as the latest Lego Ultimate Collector Series model for 2011.

AUG 26 UPDATE: It is now available to ship at Lego.com

Lego Super Star Destroyer 10221

The ship has been rumored for some time and pictures were released early in 2011 but Lego announced it’s release for September 2011 (Actually late August).

At 124.4 centimetres (50 inches) it is the longest Lego model ever and is made up of of 3,152 elements and weighs 3.5kg (8 pounds) – Better make some serious shelf space for this one!

In an interview the set designer pointed out some of the major features of the set including, obviously, the length, the detailing or “greebling” on the center area of the ship (effectively a small city) and the need to design the ship in sections, with slight changes in one area triggering a need for changes in the subsequent sections-I guess that’s why they get paid to do this!

Here is the official Press Release from Lego and the gallery of shots and a video follows:

Lego Super Star Destroyer 10221 (Executor)

Ages 16+ 3,152 pieces, US $399.99, CA $499.99, €399.99, UK £349.99.

  • Includes four minifigures: Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar and Bossk
  • Also includes IG-88 figure
  • Features over 3,000 pieces
  • Measures nearly 50 inches (124.5 cm) long and weighs nearly 8 pounds (3.5kg)
  • Includes display stand and data sheet label
  • Centre section lifts off to reveal command centre

One of the largest and most powerful vessels in the Star Wars™ universe has been created as a LEGO® Exclusive model. The Super Star Destroyer™ Executor served as command ship at the Battle of Endor and as the personal flagship of Darth Vader.

It is the first time that the classic dagger-shaped design has been produced as an official LEGO model.

“The thing I was trying to accomplish with this model was to get as close as possible to the original, both with angles and the whole profile of the model from the side,” says LEGO senior designer Kurt Kristiansen.

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His biggest challenge with this model was the sheer size. It is the longest Star Wars model made in LEGO bricks, measuring 124.4 centimetres (50 inches). It consists of 3,152 elements and weighs 3.5kg (8 pounds).

“When I was first given this challenge, my first thought was ‘this is going to be a tough one’,” he said. He planned the model by dividing it into separate sections before beginning to build at all.

The build also posed a few problems, though: “When you are developing a model, if you change something at one end of, you have to change it all the way down to make it fit. That’s a challenge on something this big.

“I think Star Wars fans will love this model because it is the first time ever that the Super Star Destroyer has been made as an official model. The thing that makes this model authentic with the movies is the shape, but also the detail on the top. It is like a small city with streets and alleys.”

A section of the top of the model can be removed to show a representation of the command bridge where Darth Vader and the other minifigures can be displayed. The model includes four minifigures: Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar, Bossk and an extra figure, IG-88.

The Super Star Destroyer is on sale from September 1, 2011 via Lego Shop Online or LEGO Brand Retail Stores.

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Lego Super Star Destroyer 10221 Designer Video

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