LEGO Figures To Jupiter Via NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

By on Aug 5, 2011 in Amazing, Astronomy, Science Comments

LEGO figures are going to Jupiter via NASA‘s Juno spacecraft, several international news sites reported on Thursday, August 4, 2011.

According to reports, specially-constructed LEGO minifigures will be sent to Jupiter. They are the figures of Galileo Galilei, Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno, as shown in the image below.

Lego Figures To Jupiter: Galileo Galilei, Jupiter and Juno
LEGO Figures To Jupiter: (From L to R) Galileo Galilei, Juno, and Jupiter.
Credit: NASA/LEGO/

The mission was said to be a part of the Bricks in Space project, a joint project as part of the collaboration between NASA and the LEGO Group. Their main goal is to inspire children to explore science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

“We hope that that [these LEGO Minifigures] will increase awareness of children about the space program and get them interested. This will also help them understand both the mythological studies that went on… and also the contributions that Galileo made,” Scott Bolton, principal investigator for the Juno mission reportedly said.

The Juno spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Friday, August 5, 2011 and is expected to arrive in July 2016 and orbit Jupiter for a year (33 revolutions) before intentionally crashing into the planet.

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