No Shuttle? No Biggie! NASA's New Astronauts are LEGO People

By Veronique Greenwood | August 4, 2011 3:59 pm

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The future of manned spaceflight, it’s not. We hope.

Ever since the Space Shuttle took its last flight earlier this summer, the US has had no real plan for getting humans back up in space in the near future. Meanwhile, NASA is sending three LEGO figurines to Jupiter tomorrow, as part of a sponsorship deal with LEGO “to inspire children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” Because flying little aluminum Jupiter, Juno, and Galileo more than 1,700 million miles is a great way to demonstrate to future scientists the importance of funding!

The figurines of the god, goddess, and seventeenth-century astronomer aren’t part of any of the scientific experiments also making the journey on NASA’s Juno probe. But, the press release is quick to note, “Of course, the miniature Galileo has his telescope with him on the journey.” Too bad he has no eyes.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/KSC

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    The figurines of the god, goddess, and seventeenth-century astronomer aren’t part of any of the scientific experiments also making the journey on NASA’s Juno probe. But, the press release is quick to note, “Of course, the miniature Galileo has his telescope with him on the journey.” Too bad he has no eyes

  • Mike Mullen

    “the US has had no real plan for getting humans back up in space.”

    So Dreamchaser, Dragon, CST-100 and the MPCV don’t even count as plans?

  • Aaron

    Mike, you took the words right out of my mouth. Excellent, sir!

  • David

    So who is on the space station and how are we going to get back and forth to it? If there is no one in the space station why did we build it and waste all that money if we were not going to build another means to get to it? If there are people on it how are they going to get back to earth, just wait until it falls back down here? I think this is the stupidest thing we have ever done as far as space exploration. We (USA) should be at the lead on all this and not just stop in the middle(beginning) of it like this. We have much more to do and discover that should be maned and not just mechanical. Unless the government DID recover a UFO at Roswell and has a means to travel further and faster than they are telling us.

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