I am a millennial and I was not even born when the space shuttle first flew, but as a child in the early 1980s, I was fortunate to be able to perform many missions until NASA retired in 2011.
Naturally, as a Canadian far away from the Florida launch pad, I first watched it fly on TV. But I dreamed of seeing a launch site (literally, I remember an interesting dream, that was running near a golf cart). After graduating from college and getting a part-time job during the last recession, I finally got the chance to see three conferences (including Discovery) between 2009 and 2010, even though I only spent a few pennies at the time. I am very lucky because the plan retired on July 21, 2011 ten years ago.
Lego NASA Space Shuttle Discovery. Lego.com sells for $199.
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Therefore, when I look at the latest work describing the space shuttle Lego Discovery, I can imagine my nostalgia. And the Hubble Space Telescope mission STS-31, which was launched on April 24, 1990, exactly 31 years ago. I don’t remember that mission, but I do remember that many astronauts traveled to upgrade the telescope in the decades since. The first task focused on a defective mirror that was accidentally launched on the Hubble Telescope and blurred its vision, while others replaced and upgraded components.
The Space Shuttle and Hubble Telescope have defined space technology for our generation.The space shuttle deployed several satellites and helped build the International Space Station, while Hubble drew a map of the expansion of the universe and showed us Comet fragments hit Jupiter To a Huge image of the Milky Way Andromeda (M31) High image quality.
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This NASA space shuttle discovery The set (MSRP $199.99 USD) will be on sale on Thursday (April 1), with a total of 2354 pieces.It’s a far cry from Lego’s first space shuttle, and long-time Lego fans may know that the company released a Hubble Shuttle Collection A few years ago for the kids.
This set of products is tailored specifically for adults and only for the crowd on display. The “frustration-free packaging” of my product (meaning that the pieces and stickers are organized in 17 numbered bags and several unlabeled bags) took me almost 11 hours to complete.
My moving speed is quite fast because I have experience in combining other recent large spaces together, for example International Space Station (864 pieces), Apollo 11 Eagle Lander (1,087 pieces) and Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket (To commemorate the 1969 release year, it shipped 1,969 pieces.) But your mileage may vary. Helpful LEGO builders may complete the clock running in 10 hours, while beginners may spend more time. But really, what’s the urgent matter? Worth a visit during the trip.
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In the style of NASA, I recorded some “lessons learned” from building this set of telescopes. The first is to have a large surface. My available desk space is about 3 feet x 2 feet (1 meter x 0.6 meters); I recommend organizing it a bit larger, as time goes by, manual and growing shuttles become more and more difficult. I finally did it, but pressed tightly, because the final lens was 8.5 inches (21 cm) tall, 21 inches (54 cm) long, and 13.5 inches (34 cm) wide.
Next, be fast-paced, because the various parts of the scene require a lot of skill to piece together, and when these parts appear, you will be full of energy. An example is a large number of reflective stickers, which must be accurately affixed to the various parts of the payload door. The stickers occur at the end of a large bag of fragments, and you may feel tired anyway. You also need to be aware that when constructing the payload bay with a heavier weight on the top, the base of the space shuttle will stay together; during the construction process, one or two pieces fall from the bottom, but I can easily put it back. Place.
Most of the charts (containing interesting facts about the space shuttle) sent by Lego in its fine manual are self-evident, although I am confused in several ways. What makes me tired is that during the three days I spent making scenes for this story, Lego seemed to want me to make two revolvers at one point. In addition, the Canadianrm arm has a unique piece in the middle, which can easily be mistaken for other gray joints, so please make sure not to repeat the mistake of using it in the antenna and scratching my head in the chaos for 15 minutes until The wrong piece was found so far.
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However, these are minor issues with other incredible settings. When building the cockpit, I got a smaller nostalgic flash, with a computer that looked like the 1980s and a miniature astronaut chair. The rudder and flaps are easily stuck together on the shuttle frame and on the engine. Lego also carefully minimized the use of black and white fragments in spots that would not appear in the final version. Using yellow, blue, green and red makes it much easier to quickly browse through these parts, because otherwise I would have been searching for the correct part for hours.
I like the way the various parts of the space shuttle move when the space shuttle is put together. Although it is a clumsy guy, I haven’t pushed it too far in terms of flexibility. That is, it seems that the wheels fold up and down in the frame. The rudder and flaps swing back and forth. Most importantly, the door of the payload bay can be opened and closed very smoothly. You can put the complete Hubble telescope into this empty space, stack it inside, or put it on a shelf. Lego gives you complete freedom to determine your display preferences.
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For those who might introduce themselves to the space shuttle, I like how this device integrates some education into the building. I have mentioned the facts in the manual, but I also like how much the device shows in terms of the function of the space shuttle. It is obvious from the appearance that it is designed to land like an airplane.
The relatively large size of the payload bracket is one of the main design challenges for the work of the LEGO brick set. But it is worth their effort, because it shows one of the main functions of the space shuttle, which can upload and download things from space. The space shuttle did not fully show the actual capacity of the vehicle, which is usually seven people. However, if you really squeeze them in the style of STS-61A, there may be 8 astronauts. But I can appreciate that the relative size of the cockpit makes it difficult to fit all seats. As a bonus, when you look through the front glass window, I like how to see some seats and computers.
It takes a lot of money and time to successfully launch the kit, but if you can afford both, it’s worth the investment. Space shuttle enthusiasts finally have a set of equipment that can proudly go hand-in-hand with the Apollo generation and International Space Station space shuttles, and the subtle modifications make it a great tribute to commemorate the enduring success of Hubble Motors.
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