Earlier in the year, the Internet watched in anticipation as NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover made its decent onto the Red Planet. A few months on, and the Rover has brought usimages, geological data, and also a Lego toy.
The Lego Mars Curiosity Rover, which appeared on Lego Cuusoo—a site that lets mere mortals suggest what sets Lego should make next—over the summer, has finally gained 10,000 supporters. This means the idea by Stephen Pakbaz will be submitted to Lego for the company's consideration. If Lego likes it enough, it'll become a kit you can buy and build yourself.
Stephen’s concept features an articulating arm, a mast, and even a suspension system to help the Rover scale the potential hazards on your bedroom floor (clean up your mess!). There’s a possibility the kit will include Lego replicas of the equipment used in the Rover’s Decent Stage and the Sky Crane too.
So far, Stephen built seven prototypes of his Lego replica to donate to museums, and he hopes they will be fun tools to educate children with. Stephen’s Lego replica is so precise for a reason—he actually worked on the Rover in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Amazing, right?
The Lego Cuusoo project is now in the review stage, where a panel from Lego will look it over and maybe tweak the design as needed. If it passes the panel, it'll go into production. Stephen will receive a percentage of the total net sales if it hits the stores.
We at GeekTech can't wait to get our hands on one of these sets. But if you'd like to try building this with your own box of bricks, Stephen posted the instructions on Rebrickable. Now all I need to build is my own Lego Mars…
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