NASA Sending Legos into space …

by James

NASA is sending another toy into space. This time, it’s a trio of Lego Minifigures. The NASA Juno Spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch on Friday, August 5 and will head to Jupiter to investigate the gas giant’s origins through study of it’s atmosphere, inner structure, and magnetosphere. And the trio of minifigs should be right at home considering who they are …

The three minifigures include prototypes of the Roman God Jupiter, his wife Juno, and the astronomer Galileo Galilei, who made several important discoveries about Jupiter, including the four largest satellites of Jupiter. 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 Juno mission is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA on behalf of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

No word on when or if the Trio of Minifigs will make it into Lego stores for sale, but at CT, we think we can’t have enough toys in space and hope that NASA will continue to fuel the imagination of kids towards space exploration with programs like this. Back in 2008, a Buzz Lightyear action doll was launched on board the Space Shuttle for a trip to the International Space Station, where it sent time floating freely as only a Space Ranger should.

Hat Tip – NASA

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