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Aug. 04, 2011

The Juno Mission’s Tiny Stowaways

by Katherine

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On last week’s show, we talked about NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter, set to launch tomorrow (audio here). But we neglected to mention one terribly important detail. In addition to loads of technical equipment to analyze Jupiter’s atmosphere and magnetic fields, the Juno spacecraft will be carrying something very special: LEGO figurines.

LEGO provided the special-issue aluminum figures at the request of NASA engineers who, not surprisingly, are big LEGO fans. The figures are of Galileo and Roman gods Juno and Jupiter.

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It’s heartening to know these tiny aluminum ambassadors are along for the ride to our solar system’s largest planet. Their inclusion on the trip is also aimed at promoting STEM education back here on Earth. Godspeed, Legomen.

[via Wired]

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