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Have you ever come across a whimsical photo of outer space and wondered how the heck the picture was even taken?

The Great Barred Spiral Galaxy, NGC 1365. IMAGE: ESA / Hubble & NASA

You can thank the Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched into orbit by the crew of NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery, all the way back in April 1990.

Since the Hubble’s launch, humankind has been able to peer across the universe, beyond what the naked eye can see.

That feat of human engineering has now been immortalized in the form of a 2,354-piece LEGO set.

Image courtesy of LEGO Southeast Asia.

The set is an incredibly-detailed recreation of the STS-31 mission launched in April 1990, which saw the five-crew orbiter Discovery deploy its precious payload into orbit – none other than the Hubble Space Telescope.

The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set also pays homage to the first-ever Space Shuttle flight, which took off on April 12, 1981. 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of this launch.

Image courtesy of LEGO Southeast Asia.

Consisting of 2,354 pieces, the LEGO set comes with a ton of moving parts, making the building process and the admiration (post-build) a real delight for tinkerers and anyone with a fascination for outer space.

On the outside, the shuttle features moveable payload doors, tilting wing and tail components, and fully-functional landing gear.

Image courtesy of LEGO Southeast Asia.

Once you open the payload doors, you’ll be greeted with an insane amount of detail, including just enough room for the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) arm that’s used to grapple and release the Hubble.

And if isn’t obvious enough, the Hubble itself can be tucked neatly into the payload area, just like the real thing.

Image courtesy of LEGO Southeast Asia.

But of course, both the Discovery and Hubble can act as standalone pieces, coming with their own individual display stands.

Over in the crew cabin, you’ll be able to see the upper and mid-level flight decks, as well as flight and RMS arm control panels. Additionally, the five crew member seats (four on upper, one on mid) are all placed exactly the way they were in the actual mission.

Image courtesy of LEGO Southeast Asia.
Image courtesy of LEGO Southeast Asia.
Image courtesy of LEGO Southeast Asia.

The LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set will be available across LEGO Certified Stores and LEGOLAND from April 1, 2021.

You can get your hands on one for US$199.99 (RM799.90 for those shopping in Malaysia).

Former NASA astronaut and crew member of Space Shuttle Discovery, Kathy Sullivan. Image courtesy of LEGO Southeast Asia.

Click here to watch a fascinating LEGO interview with Kathy Sullivan, former NASA astronaut and crew member of Space Shuttle Discovery.

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