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Lego Education will send astronaut minifigures to the moon with NASA’s Artemis 1 mission

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Four Lego minifigures are going to take a experience round the moon.

The characters “Kate” and “Kyle” from Lego Education’s SPIKE Prime system, in addition to “Julia” and “Sebastian” from the Lego City toy line, will experience as tiny crewmembers on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission launching in February 2022.

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The Artemis 1 mission will check company’s new Space Launch System megarocket and its Orion spacecraft on a visit round the moon, with the quartet of minifigures becoming a member of a crew of human avatars together with a “Moonikin” and vest-wearing “dummies.”

The minifigures additionally star in the educationally targeted “Build to Launch: A STEAM Exploration Series,” obtainable now on the Lego Education web site for fogeys, educators and college students. The sequence contains 10 weeks of digital content material about area and associated matters in STEAM (science, know-how, engineering, artwork and arithmetic.)

Just like several astronauts, the minifigures even have a set of six floor controllers that will help the spaceflyers. “Each Space Team minifigure represents a real-life counterpart, similar to a command pilot Kate and mission specialist Kyle, to assist college students higher perceive the numerous roles, backgrounds, and skillsets inside the Artemis I staff,” Lego Education mentioned in a press release Monday (Nov. 8).

“Each minifigure will host episodes that includes their NASA counterpart, in addition to work together with college students and lecturers who submit questions and share their studying experiences on social media utilizing #BuildtoLaunch,” Lego Education added.

Lego is a long-time supplier of tasks and minifigurines based mostly on real-life NASA missions, together with a number of generations of area shuttles and Mars rovers for teenagers, and a rising set of adult-style Lego builds that includes iconic {hardware} like the Hubble Space Telescope, the Discovery area shuttle, the Saturn V that took Apollo 11 to the moon, and the Apollo 11 Eagle lander.

In 2019, upon the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, NASA launched a brief guidebook to varied collaborations between Lego and the company way back to the Nineties. “NASA and the LEGO Group have a protracted historical past of collaboration on tasks that have interaction youngsters and adults alike to encourage curiosity in STEM fields and area exploration,” the company mentioned at the time.

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