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Lego Sends A Lego Space Station Set Into Space

Well, it looks like Benny, the over-excited spaceman from the animated movie ‘‘The Lego Movie,’’ will finally have his wish come true in real life because Lego recently decided to shoot one of its famous space-themed sets up into the stratosphere. In our opinion, that is definitely better than just building a, in Benny’s actual words, ‘‘spaceship!’’

Lego In Space

For the past 40 years, world-famous Danish toy brick company Lego has been making space-themed Lego sets, starting with the release of the first set back in 1978, now known as Classic Space. To celebrate this new occasion, Lego then decided to send one of their actual space station sets into space (we’re assuming some Lego executive just chanced upon the idea, the simple but rather brilliant idea).

To make the celebration even livelier and iconic, the company also released a video clip of the actual Lego set on Instagram, where it’s shown floating 33,000 feet above ground against a backdrop of the Earth’s surface far below.

To do the stunt, a team from the company reportedly created a 3D-printed rig fitted with a balloon, where they secured the Lego City Lunar Space Station set. The balloon was then lifted up, taking almost four hours to reach 33,000 feet, which is considered as our stratosphere. Of course, the stratosphere itself still isn’t technically considered space since the balloon is still some 67,000 meters away from the boundary between our own atmosphere and actual outer space. The boundary itself is set by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, who’s in charge of it. To make sure it doesn’t end up as garbage somewhere else, the rig (along with the Lego set) was safely recovered via a tracking system specifically made for the 3D-printed rig.

Nevertheless, it’s enough to make any kid with an overactive imagination giggle with joy, and is proof of what the toy company stands for: igniting one’s curiosity and pushing past the limits of what a toy can do.

It’s definitely a small step (literally) for Lego minifigures but one giant leap for… well, Lego-kind.

Pile of Lego faces The mirror neurons theory may hold the key as to why we smile when other people smile. Sunny Ripert, CC BY-SA 2.0

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