With the celebration of the first moon landing in full swing, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to promote the incredible achievement. LEGO master builders are marking the anniversary by reproducing Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 spacesuit completely out of LEGO pieces. The life-size model of the A7L spacesuit took nearly 300 hours to complete and shows a remarkable amount of detail, including replicating the reflection on the spacesuit’s face shield, depicting fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong against the backdrop of the moon’s surface.
“For nearly 20 years, NASA and LEGO Group have collaborated on projects to inspire the next generation to imagine and build their future in space,” stated NASA associate administrator for communication Bettina Inclan. “Our latest efforts celebrate the incredible feats we achieve during Apollo 50 years ago.” The model was debuted to the public at the Apollo 50 Festival hosted by the Smithsonian on Thursday, July 18.
Standing at 6 feet, 3 inches tall, the model replicates Aldrin’s suit, using red and blue bricks for the anodized aluminium connectors and gray for the lunar dust. There are 7 other colours used in making the suit. In total, over 30,000 LEGO bricks were used. Visitors to the display were given the opportunity to help put together another LEGO model—a 20-foot tall replica of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, which NASA is planning on using to send humans to Mars.
The effort is part of a LEGO initiative to inspire children and get them excited about space exploration. LEGO is also partnering with Scholastic to send 50 kids to NASA Space Camp next year. Of the initiative, Inclan stated, “We will continue to inspire children to dream about what’s possible and to grow up to pursue STEM careers.”
A life-size model of NASA’s spacesuit? That’s definitely inspiring for kids of any age.