LEGO travels to jupiter onboard space probe
aug 04, 2011
LEGO travels to jupiter onboard space probe


three LEGO figurines– italian astronomer galileo galilei and the two
roman gods jupiter and juno– are headed
for a five-year mission to jupiter

three LEGO figurines are traveling to jupiter, affixed to the space probe ‘juno’.
the models represent the italian astronomer galileo galilei, the roman god jupiter,
and the roman goddess juno

created by LEGO on a special commission from NASA, the three figures are composed of aluminum,
created at a cost of about 5,000 USD each. special manufacturing was required to ensure that the figurines
do not interfere with the spacecraft’s sensitive measurements and instruments.

‘juno’ is expected to arrive on jupiter in july of 2016, where the solar-powered probe will collect
information about the planet, its moons, and atmosphere over the course of one year.
it is scheduled to launch aboard the unmanned ‘atlas V’ rocket at 11:40 AM EDT on august 5th.


galileo carries a telescope and a model of the planet jupiter


jupiter carries a lightning bolt


juno carries a magnifying glass


the figurines onboard the ‘juno’ space probe


rendering of the ‘atlas V’ rocket, which carries the ‘juno’ space probe with the figurines onboard

via wired

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