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LEGO Ideas Women of NASA Achieves 10,000 Supporters

The Women of NASA by 20tauri is the latest project to achieve 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas. It was a very popular project as it hit the goal in less than two weeks. The project consists of some notable women that have played important roles in NASA’s history such as Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jenison. There are also some related vignettes to go with the minifigures.

The Women of NASA project now joins Voltron – Defender of the Universe, Spaceballs – Eagle 5, The Addams Family Mansion, the Merchant’s House, the Large Hadron Collider, LEGO Observatory – Mountain View, and Modular Construction Site as the projects that qualify for the Second 2016 Review Stage.

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LEGO Minifigures Entering Jupiter’s Orbit Tomorrow

Tomorrow night, the NASA Juno spacecraft will finally be entering Jupiter’s orbit after a five year journey. Onboard the Juno are some LEGO minifigures that were created as part of a partnership between NASA and The LEGO Group to inspire children to pursue science and engineering.

The minifigures are made out of a special space-grade aluminum and they represent some important mythological and science figures which includes the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno, and Galileo Galilei. Jupiter is holding a lightning bolt as he is the god of the sky and thunder. Juno holds a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth. Galileo holds a miniature planet of Jupiter as well as a telescope.

The LEGO minifigures will not be returning to Earth as they will be intentionally dropped into Jupiter’s atmosphere after the Juno probe orbits the planet for a year.

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LEGO Ideas Apollo 11 Saturn-V Achieves 10,000 Supporters

The Apollo 11 Saturn-V project by saabfan and whatsuptoday is the latest project to achieve 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas. The project was created to celebrate the 45th anniversary for the NASA Apollo 11 moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin back in 1969.

The Saturn-V now joins Jurassic Park Explorer, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Nautilus, the Toyota Landcruiser 40 Series, the Beatles Yellow Submarine, and the HMS Beagle as the projects that qualify for the Third 2015 Review Stage.

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LEGO NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build Contest Winners

Back in June, we reported there was a LEGO contest called NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build happening on ReBrick in conjunction with the space agency.

The winner of the “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth” contest was the “Sunbeam,” created by Jay Semlis from England. The satellite is used to look at the outer cornea of the sun. There were also two runner up winners including “The ORACOM” by Sergio Parra from the United States which is a Mars spacecraft and the “Asteroid Initiative” by Peter Hollander also from the United States which is used to pick up and move asteroids.

NASA’s associate administrator for education Leland Melvin says, “Our intention was to unleash everyone’s creativity and inspire participants to combine real NASA research with imaginative flights of fancy. Looking at the winning designs, it’s clear we did just that.”

The grand prize winner of the contest received the LEGO CUUSOO Hayabusa (21101) set, signed by the LEGO designer Melody Louise Caddick, recognition and honorable mention on NASA.gov, and a collection of NASA memorabilia including a personalized signed lithograph from Melvin.

There was also another contest called the “Inventing the Future of Flight” to create a prototype of a future aircraft as well as writing a technical paper to explain the model and how it is taking NASA’s ideas and improves on them. The winning model for the younger builders category was the “Flying Extinguisher 4000 Fish Eagle” created by 16 year old William Nodvik from the United States which is a long range supertanker that puts … Continue

NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build Contest on ReBrick

ReBrick is having a new contest in collaboration with NASA and The LEGO Group called NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build. Winners of the contest will be able win some pretty nice prizes including recognition by NASA. The contest began yesterday and entries have to be submitted by July 31st, 2013 2:59pm CEST (8:59am EST). Judging will start on August 5th and the winners will be announced the week of September 1st. The competitions is split into two categories but you can enter into both if you like.

Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth

Builders 16 years old and older are invited to journey into space and beyond by creating one of NASA’s future missions with LEGO bricks. Builders can be imaginative as they wish, although their entry should reflect one of the missions NASA has listed on their website. These missions are planned until the 2030s so there should be no shortage of inspiration! All entries must be bookmarked to ReBrick in the “Building Challenge” category. The winners will be chosen by a committee of judges, please see official rules for details.

The grand prize includes 21101 LEGO CUUSOO Hayabusa set, signed by the LEGO designer Melody Louise Caddick, recognition and honorable mention on NASA.gov, and a collection of NASA memorabilia including a personalized signed lithograph of the astronaut from the judges committee. There will also be two runner-ups, see official rules for those prizes.

Prize Details

The one (1) official grand prize winner will receive:

  • 21101 LEGO CUUSOO Hayabusa set, signed by the
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LEGO Sets Returning From Space

According to collectSPACE, there will be 13 LEGO sets that will be returning to Earth from the International Space Station. For the past two years, the sets have been aboard the SpaceX’s Dragon but will be returning to Earth tomorrow and will be landing somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. NASA had an educational partnership with The LEGO Group to teach kids about space using the buildable bricks. The crew from the space shuttle Endeavour showed students on video how they built various sets under the effects of weightlessness and the video was then beamed back down to students back on Earth so students can learn how to build their own.

As you may have heard, there were spending cuts here in the US and unfortunately NASA was a casualty of those cuts. The spending cuts has suspended most educational and public activities which is a bummer because it seemed that the NASA/LEGO partnership was very successful. However, the end of the partnership wasn’t due to the spending cuts but just a coincidence.

When the sets are back on Earth, some be returned to LEGO’s possession and others will displayed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for further educational purposes. Although the partnership is over for now, Leland Melvin, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Education, notes that NASA might be using the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 in the near future and sending it up to the space station too. I’m curious to see what NASA can do with the EV3 in their hands.

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