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'Space is big. Really big.'
Humans have only explored a tiny section of it, yet the achievements made whilst doing this are phenomenal. I therefore decided to honours these steps into the great unknown in LEGO scale!
Within a museum-like environment I designed 6 famous spacecraft and an astronaut's suit that I think best summarise man's exploration of space.
- 'Explorer 1' was the first man-made satellite to be launched by NASA. It took off on February 1, 1958 and orbited the Earth at an astounding height of 1,454 km.
- 'Gemini IV' was the craft from which the first American space walk was made.
- 'Apollo 11' was the first spacecraft carrying humans to touch down on the surface of the moon on 20th July 1969. The first moon walk was made by Neil Armstrong.
- 'Voyager 1 and 2' are exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. Continuing on their more-than-35-year journey since their 1977 launches, they each are much farther away from Earth and the Sun than Pluto.
- 'Space shuttles' were the first craft able to take off from Earth like a rocket and land back like a plane. They carried astronauts and powerful equipment to conduct experiments in space that could never have been done before.
- 'The International Space Station' or 'ISS' is the first permanent 'base' above the Earth's atmosphere and was assembled in many sections but is still operational today. It has facilities to house astronauts for months at a time and conducts vital research.
I think it would be great to have a more educational LEGO Ideas set so the set would include information about each spacecraft, hopefully giving kids more interest in space. It's a simple yet effective set and would be valued as a collectors item.
Note: I had to create this model on LEGO Digital Designer as many of the parts are not currently available in the required colours but I think it would be worth producing them for this set.
Please support and comment for improvements thanks!