A new LEGO set for adults is on the way, it is NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery that faithfully reproduces the STS-31 mission that took the ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope into orbit in April 1990. The model measures 54 centimeters in length, 34 in width and 21 in height is made up of 2,354 bricks. Incredibly detailed, it comes complete with a working landing gear and cargo compartment reflective doors to replicate the cooling radiators placed on the real shuttle orbiter.
The rear of the Discovery houses the three main engines used for launch into orbit, flanked on either side of the tail by smaller engines, designed for in-orbit and deorbit maneuvers, as well as for re-entry into the atmosphere at the end of the mission.
The crew cabin shows five seats in the exact position of the astronauts in the STS-31 mission, complete with flight control panels and Remote Manipulator System. The central deck instead contains the stowage lockers of the space shuttle with materials and equipment for the mission, space for the fifth crew member and the airlock for housing the cargo.
The telescope can be stowed in the cargo bay ready to be connected to the RMS arm for deployment, just like in the STS-31 mission. Alternatively, it can be exhibited separately from Discovery, as if it orbited in space on its all-important mission, documenting the stars and our universe.