NASA Legonauts set for Jupiter voyage
Cheeky Yanks do a PARIS
Naturally, this being NASA, a common-or-garden Playmonaut simply isn't up to the job, and the agency tapped Lego for $15k worth of aluminium miniatures.
On the left we have Galileo, who in 1610 discovered four moons orbiting the gas giant: Callisto, Europa, Ganymede and Io. On the right is Jupiter himself, suitably armed with a thunderbolt, while his missus Juno is in the middle.
She's obviously tasked with doing the cooking during the five-year trip, and although NASA claims she's holding "a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth," it's clearly a frying pan.
The point of the Legonauts is to "inspire children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics," NASA explains.
Juno is currently sitting atop a bloody big United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Its first launch opportunity is at 15:34 GMT tomorrow. ®
$15k for three bespoke figures? Unpainted!!??!!
There are certain people I know in the models business who'd be fulminating in a righteous outburst of jealous rage at the sight of that.
I know how this goes:
"Customer wants three bespoke unpainted figures in ally. 'Ow much?"
"Nah. Lego style."
"Oooh, borrow the standard bits from the kids' toybox, knock out the bespoke detail in wax tomorrow afternoon and cast 'em Friday.....call it 800 quid. Who's asking?"
"Ask for five grand.......whadda they wannem for?"
"Sending 'em to Jupiter in a spaceship apparently."
"Ah, make that 15....."
Punch & Juno?
Thaaats the way to do it...
Love it, and so should everyone... except maybe the american taxpayer. Cuts everywhere, debt threshold increase, and $15k worth of Lego that serve no purpose and will never be seen by anyone ever again. Yup, party pooper, that's me.