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LEGO Being Used To Help Model Asteroid Mission

LEGO? Really? Yes, LEGO is being used as a model for an upcoming asteroid landing.


Photo: Guillermo R. Loizaga (Flickr)

LEGO: No longer just a child's toy.

Landing a spacecraft on a moving asteroid is no easy task. It’s also not easy to illustrate the landing here on Earth.

The European Space Agency‘s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft will soon need to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Because this mission is dangerous for the survival of the spacecraft, scientists at the ESA created a LEGO model of the event.

As it turns out, the model was a great success. ESA just announced the release of a LEGO high-fidelity Rosetta Lander Education Kit, which is based on the original LEGO model.

To take a look at the kit and what scientists are predicting will happen with Rosetta, watch the video below:

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Margaret Aprison

Margaret is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Psychology. The daughter of two scientists, Margaret has been surrounded by the subject her entire life. She enjoys social media, writing, television, and, of course, science!

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