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What am I Lego-loving?

February 26, 2014

lego jupiter

David Reneke at Dave Reneke’s World of Space and Astronomy posted this wonderful story about strange and unusual objects that people have launched into space.  What caught my eye, of course, were the LEGO characters of Magellan, Jupiter and Juno being carried on a probe to Jupiter.

Mini-figurines of Galileo and the Roman deities Jupiter and Juno were launched in 2011 aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft en route to Jupiter . LEGO has flown products aboard the U.S. Space Shuttles and to the International Space Station previously, but Juno’s cargo represents the “most distant LEGO launch” ever. The figurines will burn up in Jupiter’s atmosphere along with the spacecraft at the end of the mission in October 2017.

Among the other objects launched are a Florida state quarter, the famous golden disc,  the Mars penny, and a wheel of cheese.   What would you send into space?

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2 comments

  1. Wow. When I wrote about what they left behind on the moon it was just one little statuette and a placard to the astronauts that weren’t coming. I had no idea they took so much to the outer planets. All I got was the story about the first day covers that the astronauts took into space and had NASA steal from them. NASA gave them back many years later.


    • Interesting stuff. I enjoyed reading that Clyde Tombaugh’s ashes were going to Pluto.



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