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Robert Pearlman
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LEGO figures flying on NASA Jupiter probe

They have launched aboard the space shuttle, visited the space station, and flown to Mars. Now, three more "very special" LEGO figurines are set to fly to Jupiter with NASA's Juno spacecraft.

The specially-constructed LEGO Minifigures are of the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno, and "father of science" Galileo Galilei. The LEGO crew's mission is part of the Bricks in Space project, the joint outreach and educational program developed as part of the collaboration between NASA and the LEGO Group to inspire children to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...

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posted 08-04-2011 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's fun that LEGO has made three minifigs out of aluminum to go on that flight!

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"NASA scientists" asked Lego to create minifigures for the Juno mission. The three minifigs, of the Roman god Jupiter, his sister Juno, and Galileo will accompany the Juno probe to the planet Jupiter.

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LEGO minifigures on NASA's Juno Jupiter probe inspire design challenge

For five years, they have voyaged through space, going farther and faster than any LEGO minifigures have ever traveled before.

On Monday night (July 4), the three tiny stowaways aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft will arrive at their destination, the giant gas planet Jupiter, and in doing so, will launch a new effort by the space agency and LEGO company to inspire children back on Earth to reach for the stars.

Robert Pearlman
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From LEGO on Twitter:
5 years ago 3 Minifigures boarded @NASAJuno on a mission to Jupiter. After 1.75 billion miles, they have arrived!

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Given Jupiter's reputation of dalliances with the ladies, I presume that's a frying pan that the figurine of his wife Juno is swinging?

Robert Pearlman
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Actually, a magnifying glass to peer beneath the clouds...
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.

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I did a bit of research on Bricklink a while ago to try to find the part numbers to duplicate these figures.
  • Jupiter:
    Beard #6132
    Hair #40239
    I could not locate his lightning bolt.

  • Galileo:
    Beard #93223
    Telescope #64644

  • Juno:
    Hair #59363
    Glass #90463c01

Ronpur
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Here are the first versions of the Lego figures I put together. I have white heads, but need to print decals for the eyes and lips, and then paint them either all silver or white. The lightning is a close enough for Jupiter at the moment. And I need to construct a Jupiter globe for Galileo.

Robert Pearlman
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Cool! Yours is the second set I've seen. Stephen Pakbaz, whose Mars Curiosity was produced as a LEGO Ideas set, designed a model of Juno, which also included a set of minifigures:

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In Stephen Pakbaz's version, "savage" Juno (to quote Vergil) sports an appropriate scowl. The Trojan asteroids better not get in her way! (The Trojan asteroids share Jupiter's orbit, clustering at its two stable Lagrangian points. Juno HATES Trojans.) The NASA version is predictably saccharine.

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I like those figures. I see he used the same lightning for Jupiter. I have some other parts coming to make more "realistic" looking figures too. And basketballs to be converted into globes of Jupiter for Galileo.

I see Stephen also has a smaller Juno probe model with only 85 parts on his designer page. I still have his two Curiosity Rover and landing stage sets.

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