NASA and LEGO partnership brings new space sets in 2011

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You've probably read on other sites about this new partnership, which I believe involves a LEGO model of a shuttle going into space in a real space shuttle (NASA press release)

Now, we have pictures of two of the sets destined to be launched (!) next year: the shuttle shown here and a model of the international space station. You can see this and read more at CollectSpace.

(via Eurobricks)

21 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

A Lego model going into space? Cool! They haven't done something like this since they took a prop of Luke Skywalkers lightsaber up into space.

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By in United States,

Looks like some neat models. I noticed that the astronaut with the space station is wearing a white 'atlantis' helmet with a gold visor.

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By in United States,

Buzz Lightyear went into space this year.

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By in United States,

This is really cool! Building with Legos is outer space sure is going to be a new experience for the astronauts. I wonder how they are going to keep all of the loose bricks from floating around while they are building the sets?

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By in Germany,

Heh heh... LEGOs are reaching to outer space! :) It's becoming a universal toy! :) Looks like the astronauts won't get bored during the journey! :) I wonder how the LEGO pieces will react in space...

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By in United States,

That is so awesome, they should of put some mini LEGO star wars sets like star destroyer in space

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By in United States,

Sweet!!! The space station photo looks great, can't wait to do our video review.

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By in United States,

That is a picture of the Shuttle model going to space. It is not the space shuttle model that will be sold as part of the City collection, which uses the same nose/scale as the current passenger plane (3181).

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By in United States,

Wow! That is so awesome! Just goes to show how much of an impact LEGO has made on the world!

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By in Germany,

Oh wow, just read the article a little more carefully, and WOW, MORE LEGO sets to be launched into space! I think the people in the ISS won't want to leave anymore! :) At least they won't get bored! :)

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By in Ireland,

The shuttle in the picture is exactly the same as the shuttle from Dacta set 9355....

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By in United States,

wolfgang514-That was the idea of it I think, there was somthing about the idea on Eurobricks.

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By in United States,

lego Nasa sets 2011=win:)

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By in United States,

The shuttle they will launch into space isn't going to be a real set, they most likely have to make it smaller for weight and space issues.

I hope we get many more sets than the January line up, mainly because I don't like those sets.

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By in Canada,

corecet me if i am wrong but didn't lego send lego sets to mars in 2002 or 2003?
i remeber reading somthing about it in one of my old lego magazines.

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By in United Kingdom,

IIRC, there was a CD on-board each of the 'Spirit' & 'Opportunity' NASA Mars rovers; each one had an image of a different minifig mounted on the front. There were also a trio of 'brick-like' fasteners used to attach each CD, which were coloured as reference objects for calibrating the cameras under the Martian daylight. No actual LEGO bricks went to Mars.

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By in United States,

Bluemoose I thought two minifigs went to Mars.
These sets look really cool, but I wonder how they will blend into my cityscape with my original launch sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

You thought wrong then ;-)
LEGO were very careful in their wording - they said "a representation of a minfigure" accompanied each of the two Mars rovers. Check the images here ...
http://www.collectspace.com/review/lego_miniman04.jpg
... and you'll see that mounted above each CD is an oval-shaped metal object with an image of a minifig on. These are the 'minfigures' LEGO were talking about. Most plastics don't survive well in a hard vacuum or in the radiation that the rovers would have been exposed to during the trip to Mars; NASA certainly wouldn't have taken the risk that disintegrating ABS minifigures would damage some of the on-board systems during the mission. The 'bricks' holding the CD were milled from aerospace grade aluminium & anodised to give them their colour.

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By in Germany,

...Just waitingfor the sets. Im wishing that the days go away fast until this.

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By in United States,

Does anyone have the Dacta instructions for 9355. Looking high and low and can't find them. A call to the Educational Division did not get anything.

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By in United States,

@AZFIREWOLF: I didn't think there instructions, just pictures of things to potentially build with the parts supplied.

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