LEGO Space Station

February 27, 2012 by staff 

LEGO Space Station, Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa poses with the LEGO model of the International Space Station that he built on board the real space station.It took more than 200 astronauts from 12 countries more than a dozen years to build the International Space Station (ISS).

Satoshi Furukawa, an astronaut from Japan, matched that feat in just about two hours – and he did it all while aboard the orbiting outpost itself.

It helped that his space station was made out of LEGO. It was a great opportunity for me to have built the LEGO space station,” Furukawa, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) flight engineer, told in an interview after he returned to Earth. “I enjoyed building it.”

“The ISS was put together in space, piece by piece,” said Furukawa. “It’s very similar to how you put together LEGO bricks on Earth.”

The approximately two-foot (0.6-meter) long model, which replicated the nearly 360-foot (110-meter) space station was more than just a toy. Accompanied by other building brick sets that were launched last year, the LEGO space station was part of an educational collaboration between the Danish toy company and NASA.

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