Mission Report: LEGO Apollo 11 Is Landing
Recently, NASA announced that after over 47 years they are returning to the Moon. It seems that NASA has always been working hard and multitasking. On one day they will launch a spaceship to Mars in pursuit for water and life on the red planet, and the next day we are told to be living on the Moon as soon as this century. They're all very exciting.
However, since the US government cannot stop fighting with China (and screwing up the Middle East), it seems that NASA’s just making promises, but without the budget to live up to them. Who knows if any of those missions will ever be successful or even change the our lives forever?
So before the Project Artemis really becomes such reality that we may see it live on television, let’s look back to NASA’s most groundbreaking mission ever—Apollo 11.
On 20 July 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin successfully landed on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 mission.
As we aways focus on the rockets, we often forget that the Lunar Landing Module is the actual hero that brings the astronauts to the Moon surface. The lunar lander is without any doubt the most reliable part of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle, as it never failed in any mission. The lander had been launched for 10 times. After its last mission in 1972, it finally retired in the glory that it deserved.
It’s a shame that I was too young to witness that historic moment, so were many readers I suppose.
But now it's your chance to build your own Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Module!
Containing just over 1000 parts, with a possible scale of around 20cm in height and 15cm in width, and a price tag of around £80, the 10266 Apollo 11 Lunar Lander is quite a set.
It’s part of the Creator Expert series, which promises lots of things left to be discovered during the building process.
However, it’s not the first time LEGO boast this space hero by immortalising it in a LEGO set.
In 2003, teaming up with Discovery, LEGO released the Discovery space series celebrating human’s success in space expedition. In 7468 Saturn V Lunar Mission and 10029 Lunar Lander, the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Module made its debut in a small scale form.
14 years later, in 2017, we were astounded by the release of 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket (the tallest official LEGO model ever), and it also includes a tiny Lunar Lander as well.
This time though, the Lunar Lander is back, in a giant scale compared to its previous versions. It’s also the first time that a space vehicle, apart from a spaceship, joins the LEGO Creator Expert lineup.
Unfortunately, this is the only picture we've got so far. Stay tuned for more information!