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Lego and NASA release epic 2,354-piece Space Shuttle Discovery set

The set features the Hubble Space Telescope and is the latest release in a long line of NASA-Lego collaborations.

Suci Khalisa

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Published: 26 March 2021, 9:54 AM

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original NASA STS-31 Hubble deployment mission, Lego has collaborated with NASA to release a 2,354-piece Space Shuttle Discovery set. At a scale of 1:70, the miniature set is an impressive 55.46cm long. 

The most detailed Space Shuttle Lego kit yet, the set’s features include moveable payload doors, a robotic arm and a command module that opens to exhibit the flight deck and deployable flying gear.

 

Although not the first shuttle to take flight, Discovery was the shuttle to launch the Hubble Space Telescope, which is included in the set. PHOTO CREDIT: THE LEGO GROUP

 

The Lego set also comes with the legendary Hubble Space Telescope, which can either be folded and placed in the payload bay, or expanded with a solar array and displayed separately to show in all its glory.  

In an interview with Lego, Dr Kathy Sullivan – who played an instrumental part in planning Hubble and deploying it into space – shared her thoughts on the new kit. 

 

Dr Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk on space, was part of the original NASA STS-31 mission over 30 years ago. PHOTO CREDIT: THE LEGO GROUP

 

She said: “Looking at the model, it was great to reminisce about my experiences in space launching the telescope for the first time. 

“This Lego model is a great way for LEGO builders and space fans alike to get excited about space travel and learn more about the famous mission in a fun and engaging way.”

Set to be released on Apr 1, the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery is expected to cost US$199.99 (S$270).


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