NASA will send three LEGO minifigures to Jupiter

275x250.jpg NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft will feature an unusual crew when it launches tomorrow… three little 1.5-inch tall LEGO figurines.

In a bid to inspire more children to explore science, minifigs of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno will set off on the mission.

The trio will arrive at Jupiter at some point in 2016 and the mission will investigate the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

It's not clear exactly what role the toys will play in the mission… but who cares, it's LEGO in space.
A spokesperson for NASA explained the inclusion of the LEGO characters, saying: "In Greek and Roman mythology, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief. From Mount Olympus, Juno was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter's true nature.

"Juno holds a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth, while her husband holds a lightning bolt.

"The third LEGO crew member is Galileo Galilei, who made several important discoveries about Jupiter, including the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honor).

"Of course, the miniature Galileo has his telescope with him on the journey."

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