How did Lego fit into your childhood? Perhaps you assembled the toy for hours on end becoming a small time architect. You possibly put together many different types of structures, cars, buildings, even neighborhoods, but an International Space Station built in outer-space? Wow. That sure beats Lego cars built for GI Joe.
Lego has come a long way since its’ inception in 1940. Manufactured in Denmark the toy has made its way into the lives of children all over the world. Now the toy has a new title to claim. NASA and the Lego team recently collaborated to assemble a Lego version of the International Space Station aboard the real one. How exciting!
Flight engineer Satoshi Furukawa assembled the model in a glove box to prevent the pieces from floating away and becoming a hazard in the zero-gravity environment. Furukawa also used the model as a prop in educational videos for school children about living and working in space.
Now that Lego has bridged the gap from childhood to space maybe this will inspire our next generation of astronauts. Speaking of which, if you would like to be an astronaut candidate you can apply at usajobs.gov.
In addition, you can check out a video of the assembly at youtube.com.