LEGO Celebrates the Moon Landing With 1,087-Piece NASA Apollo 11 Set

LEGO Celebrates the Moon Landing With 1,087-Piece NASA Apollo 11 Set

NASA on Friday announced a $79.5 million contract with a Pittsburgh-based company to deliver payloads of scientific and high-tech research equipment to the moon in 2021.

The Trump administration requested Congress final week to extend NASA's spending subsequent 12 months by $1.6 billion to accommodate the accelerated goal of touchdown Individuals again on the moon by 2024 - higher than half a century after the tip of the U.S. Apollo lunar program. "These missions will acquire new science measurements and enable important technology demonstrations, whose data will inform the development of future landers and other exploration systems needed for astronauts to return to the Moon by 2024".

Meanwhile, New Moon Mondays offers weekly space documentaries, expert insights and analysis of the Apollo 11 mission, in partnership with Sugar Films and engineering firm Draper Labs' wehackthemoon.com, including the premiere episode Hack the Moon: Unsung Heroes of Apollo, about the little-known stories of the engineers and scientists who made the first moon landing possible.

If a set that big isn't in your budget (or patience), don't worry. This set shows mankind's first successful human-piloted landing on our moon 50 years ago.

The lunar lander set complements Lego's 1,969-piece Saturn V rocket building kit, which was released in 2017.

What's disappointing, however, are the tiny spacesuits worn by the set's astronaut minifigures. The descent stage includes a gold-colored landing pad and panel, opening camera, laser hatch and ladder, while the ascent stage has a detailed interior.

You'll find a lunar surface with crater, the US flag, and the Apollo 11 Lunar lander nameplate (also new for June 2019).

The lunar lander set goes on sale in Lego retail stores and through the Lego shop online on June 1 for $99.99. This set will cost approximately $100 and it'll be available June 1st, 2019.

Lego is also unveiling seven new Lego City Mars Exploration building sets, inspired by NASA's planned missions to explore the moon and the Red Planet.

NASA plans to hurry the building of the space station in the lunar orbit - the lunar Gateway.

One small step for man, and one even smaller step for a Lego minifigure.

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