Lego To Release A Mars Curiosity Rover Model
Lego has just released the first images of their new Mars Curiosity Rover model, instantly making it more acceptable for grown men and women to play with building blocks. NASA's Curiosity rover has become somewhat of a celebrity since it touched down on the Red Planet last year and it would seem that this lofty status is set in stone with the release of its very own Lego pack. Indeed, the Curiosity model came about via Lego's CUUSOO which allows the public to launch their own suggestions for Lego models. If that suggestion achieves over 10,000 votes, Lego will review it and choose whether or not to produce it. The Curiosity model gained approval for production back in November 2012, just 3 months after it landed on Mars.
The model reflects Curiosity in great detail, which is not surprising seeing as it was submitted by a NASA engineer and Lego enthusiast, Stephen Pakbaz. Pakbaz actually worked on the real Curiosity Rover and after getting his first look at the new set, he seems extremely happy with how accurate it is.
"Ultimately, there is not much of a difference between the official model and my prototype and I can see how the differences add up to significant improvements on my original design," said Pabkaz on the CUSOO site. "My favourite improvement is the use of the Black Steering Arm, which uses ball joints to connect the rocker-boogie suspension to the swiveling arm on the top of the rover body. It makes the rover even more accurate, robust and easier to put together."
There you have it, the official NASA seal of approval on a Lego model.
Released in January 2014, the 295 piece set will retail for a very reasonable $29.99 and one would hope they will be picked up by a healthy amount of kids as well as adult science fans. Curiosity is one of the greatest achievements this generation has ever witnessed, so to have it immortalized in Lego form is fantastic for anyone with a passion for science.