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NASA Sends Lego Figures to Jupiter

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the universal-toy dept.

NASA 164

bLanark writes "NASA have teamed up with Lego and will send three specially crafted, minifigures towards Jupiter in a probe to be launched on an Atlas V rocket on Friday. The figures, representing Roman gods Jupiter and Juno, and astronomer Galileo, are machined from aluminum and are the normal size for Lego minifigures. From the article: 'This (until now) secret installation was initiated by NASA scientists, who love Lego as much as anyone and wanted to do something memorable for this mission. They approached Lego and the company loved the idea. It saw the project as a way to promote children’s education and STEM programs.'"

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2011: (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#36987894)

A Lego Odyssey

they should have at least thrown in a standard 8x2 thin black piece mounted vertically as a joke

Re:2011: (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#36987952)

That would have made it perfect!

"Dave,what are you doing with the Duplo. Dave?"

Re:2011: (1)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988018)

I think you mean 9x4.

Re:2011: (1)

bluemonq (812827) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988146)

They don't have 9x4 pieces, unfortunately.

Re:2011: (2)

stderr_dk (902007) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988320)

They don't normally have aluminium figures either.

Re:2011: (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989382)

If only there was some way you could hook different pieces to each other to make the desired shape.

Re:2011: (1)

zevans (101778) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989478)

How naive to assume that the series ends there, in only three dimensions...

cue confused aliens in 3..2.. (1)

Lead Butthead (321013) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988564)

next thing you know, some aliens will conclude that there were once a shriving civilization on Jupiter, but vanished abruptly...

Re:cue confused aliens in 3..2.. (2)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988662)

Haha.. funny that that's a real word [dictionary.com]

Re:2011: (2)

leswt (1807216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988642)

As an long time AFOL (adult fan of LEGO) I think this is great. By the way, the thin pieces are called plates and they are 1/3 as high as the regular bricks For more about the adult LEGO hobby check out my club's site www DOT michlug DOT org

What a waste (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36987906)

They could've done something more with the resources they've put into sending these figures to Jupiter, but that's only my opinion.

Re:What a waste (0)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988690)

Your life must be so much fun.

Lets knock the trolls out of the way (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36987910)

0) NASA approached Lego
1) Lego underwrote the project; 5K per mini
2) Using identifiable objects is a great way to get kids interested in science.

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (4, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#36987966)

3) It's just f'ing kewl.

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988536)

*golf clap*

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (2)

black soap (2201626) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989108)

When will they start selling machined aluminum lego parts to, say, me? I demand to benefit from NASA projects, personally!

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (1, Flamebait)

Arlet (29997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988068)

It's actually a pretty lousy way. If kids aren't already in awe by a probe visiting Jupiter, it's pointless to 'bribe' their interest with LEGO figures. Even if this will make them interested, it's only going to work for whatever short attention span they have, and it's getting them interested for the wrong reasons.

It reminds me of the way we try to make math more interesting at schools.

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (1, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988276)

Can I interest you in a course in HTML [lissaexplains.com] ?

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988298)

That's silly. I became interested in computers as a result of wanting to play video games. One day I thought... What is this box the game runs on, anyway? I started digging, and I've been trotting Fortune-50s ever since.

Getting kids interested in the tiniest corner of a field of science is a great way to open the door to bigger and better interests.

Kids who love LEGO are thinkers, dreamers, and imagineers. If LEGO becomes their ingress point to astronomy, who are you to judge? Bottom line, this is a great idea.

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989142)

I guess the depends on what age we are talking about.

I guess if you had your way you would just slap down a book on the maths of orbital mechanics and say 'read up kid, it's cool, homey'

Something has to catch their interest. Going to Jupiter is only cool and awe inspiring when you can only understand how far away it is, and the science that can be done. Until then, using Lego to get interest is fine.

My name, my wife's name, and my kids names are on Mars, and also on an comet. When my kids where old enough, I told them about it which lead to a description of probes, and an interesting conversation about Mars and a Comet. A conversation that went off and on for days.

http://marsparticipate.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/participate/sendyourname/ [nasa.gov]
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/deepimpact/media/deepimpact-050904.html [nasa.gov]

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (2)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989468)

Probes going to Jupiter is a pretty abstract concept to younger kids. They might understand that this machine is flying through space to another planet, but it doesn't relate to anything they've seen or done. Add Lego figures into the mix and it relates to something they've seen and done. They've played with Legos before. So now it becomes Legos (similar to the ones in their own room) being flung through space to arrive on a completely different planet. Teens and older can appreciate the scientific achievements that might result from the mission, but younger kids will appreciate that a toy similar to one they own is hurtling through space.

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988226)

Lego space sets that the kid can play with would create interest in science, but no kid is going to become interested in science because they launched some Lego figures to Jupiter. Really, this is just a stunt to garner attention for the mission and get a little advertising in for Lego.

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988334)

Get used to it.

NASA's budget is a dried scab because NASA has been preternaturally awful at getting anyone but its existing acolytes interested in anything it does.

Yes, it had Apollo, and Skylab, and the Shuttle, but it had a naive attitude towards PR, thinking that getting Presidents to praise you is enough.

If this is what it takes to get onto on the cover of Wired, then this is what they need more of.

Re:Lets knock the trolls out of the way (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988544)

3) Somebody has already lost their hats.
4) The figures always seem to be found in a sexually explicit configuration.

Sure, it's cute and fun now (1)

Megahard (1053072) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988024)

But wait until it reaches some alien civilization, and then they come back and conquer us with their new Lego machines.

Re:Sure, it's cute and fun now (2)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988124)

We have our own LEGO machines to combat against the ones they send.

Re:Sure, it's cute and fun now (1)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988710)

No, brother, we... have... Meccano.

Re:Sure, it's cute and fun now (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988842)

We *USED* to have Meccano. Now all they have is pre-designed bolt together models for pre-schoolers. It's worse than Lego.

Re:Sure, it's cute and fun now (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988552)

Or the aliens will invade, expecting mini-fig sized people.

COOL!

Re:Sure, it's cute and fun now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988558)

Dude shut up, Michael Bay might be listening!

Juno got the shaft (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988066)

Looks like Juno got the short end of the design stick. Where the other two characters got custom beards, tools and whatnot...she got flowing hair and a frying pan?

Re:Juno got the shaft (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988148)

I think she's holding a magnifying glass, because she can "perr into the heart of Jupiter," which is the stated reason why the spacecraft itself is called Juno.

Re:Juno got the shaft (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988548)

Um, peer, that is. Is anyone else having problems with Firefox spellcheck working in Slashdot text boxes?

Re:Juno got the shaft (4, Funny)

VIPERsssss (907375) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988282)

Wikipedia says she's "goddess of marriage" so the frying pan makes sense.

Re:Juno got the shaft (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988308)

Well, she is a married god, so a cooking utensil is quite appropriate. Especially with that flat a chest.*ducks*

Re:Juno got the shaft (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988404)

Looks like Juno got the short end of the design stick. Where the other two characters got custom beards, tools and whatnot...she got flowing hair and a frying pan?

Flowing hair = good frying pan = magnifying glass OOHHH DOH

You want Juno should have a beard? (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988422)

I know she is Greek but come on, we can at least PRETEND she doesn't have a beard you could loose a badger in.

And as far I know Lego doesn't do boobies. Probably to avoid boys being afraid of sharp edges or girl afraid of them falling off if you wiggle them to much.

Re:You want Juno should have a beard? (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988534)

girl afraid of them falling off if you wiggle them to much.

Speaking as a guy, that would be most unfortunate.

Re:You want Juno should have a beard? (1)

alta (1263) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988570)

If Lego did do boobies maybe some of us would start playing with legos again ;)

Re:You want Juno should have a beard? (1, Troll)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988774)

some of us would start playing with legos again

Every time an American says "legos", Denmark dies a little inside.

Re:You want Juno should have a beard? (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988780)

If Lego did do boobies maybe some of us would start playing with legos again ;)

I wouldn't, who would want to play with tiny, hard plastic boobies.

Note: I still play with Legos as I now have kids old enough to play with them and it appears that they have moved away from the massive amounts of specialty pieces they had about a decade ago.

Later that decade... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988114)

Later that decade...

        --News Brief--
NASA and Lego jointly announced a product recall today. The recall is a result of their failure to include the following product safety information:

"
Choking Hazard: Contains small parts, not for aliens under 3 galactic units.
Allergy Information: This product is manufactured on shared equipment that processes Earth and Earth compounds.
"

Re:Later that decade... (1)

edremy (36408) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988612)

Ironically, Juno is slated to burn up in Jupiter's atmosphere at the end of the mission to avoid contaminating any of the moons with Earth Goo...

Shame on NASA .. (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988150)

Sending 3 heroes of the western world on a suicide mission where their last moments will be like in Toy Story 3 with the figures silently considering their fate as slowly approach the fiery furnace. Except that this time there is no hope of escape.

Re:Shame on NASA .. (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988382)

Haha. There's always hope of escape. It's Hollywood! Even within the orbit of Megaclite [wikipedia.org] !

Re:Shame on NASA .. (1)

BetaDays (2355424) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988900)

"I don't believe in the no-win scenario." - Kirk about the Kobayashi Maru

juno site sucks (2)

burris (122191) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988156)

The juno mission web site is a gigantic, slothlike, steaming pile of crap. It takes forever to load, plays music, makes your computer get hot which causes the fans to crank up, forces you to read agonizingly slow text that fades in, etc... I couldn't even find what I was looking for so I just closed the tab. What a huge waste of money.

Re:juno site sucks (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988362)

The juno mission web site is a gigantic, slothlike, steaming pile of crap. It takes forever to load, plays music, makes your computer get hot which causes the fans to crank up, forces you to read agonizingly slow text that fades in, etc... I couldn't even find what I was looking for so I just closed the tab. What a huge waste of money.

So... it's like a wife [wikipedia.org] ?

P.S. For those who still don't get the joke: Juno is the Roman goddess of marriage.

Re:juno site sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36989370)

Your computer sucks. It looks like you are trying to open a website with IE6 running a hamster-powered Babbage engine. Can I help you with that?

Next up... (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988162)

What they should next is throw a teapot

Russel will turn in his grave.

So Who Says... (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988174)

So who says we geeks don't know how to have fun?

Re:So Who Says... (2)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988260)

Pretty much everyone who reads the article.

Re:So Who Says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988554)

they can say that. but let until they do their fun IN SPACE, they can suck it.

Re:So Who Says... (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988566)

Well, I suppose we're lucky that proper ettiquette says not to RTFA then. ;)

want!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988204)

Ok lego/NASA now that we know about these you gotta sell them! I want one!

Approximate cost (0)

SirBitBucket (1292924) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988236)

Assuming each of those figures is about 1 cubic inch of aluminum, and aluminum weighs in at 0.098 lb/in^3, and it costs about $10,000/lb to put something in space... then... 3 * 0.98 * $10000 = $2940 taxpayer dollars to put these things in space. I am all for the space program, but this seems like little more than a waste of money, even if it is cool.

Re:Approximate cost (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988262)

You think this giant advertisment for LEGO is going to be paid in 'taxpayer dollars' ?

Re:Approximate cost (0)

SirBitBucket (1292924) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988312)

I assume Lego Group will provide the figures for free. Not sure if they will reimburse taxpayers for the cost to put them into space.

Re:Approximate cost (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988512)

How about we have NASA blast you into space and we call it even?

Re:Approximate cost (4, Informative)

pluther (647209) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988538)

Leaving aside that $2940 is practically nothing to spend on as much publicity as both NASA and LEGO are getting for this, you're "Not sure" if Lego will be paying for this?

Gee, I wonder where such information might be found?

I understand that you might not read the article, a lot of people don't. But, really, if you wanted more detailed information, the article might be a good place to start.

And, failing that, there's a comment a little above yours (Subject="Let's knock the trolls out of the way") that also answers your question.

And, in case you got this far without looking up there out of a sense of embarrassment if nothing else, the answer to your question is yes, LEGO is paying NASA $5,000 per figure to send them to Jupiter, or about five times what you estimate it'll cost.

Re:Approximate cost (1)

SirBitBucket (1292924) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988914)

I did indeed read TFA, and it was rather ambiguous as to whether the $5k per figure was for the manufacture of the figure itself, or the cost of getting it into space, or both. $4k per figure to manufacture custom figures from a material Lego does not normally deal with (aluminum) is not at all out of line. So perhaps you should take your sarcastic tone elsewhere and read the article carefully. I do agree the publicity is probably a good thing. However, perhaps not so much when a lot of people are questioning the necessity of a space program at all. While we geeks understand the needs, and think this is cool, the guy on the street who lost his job last week may wish those extra dollars went his way.

Re:Approximate cost (1)

SirBitBucket (1292924) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988934)

I meant $5k per figure... not $4k...

Re:Approximate cost (2)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988432)

The thing is, it is often necessary to add a bit of ballast to a spaceflight in order to keep everything in balance. That can either be boring lead bars or cool lego figures. Effectively, they got Lego to subsidize the cost of some of the ballast. Cost to taxpayer: -$1.

Re:Approximate cost (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988466)

aaaand, if you'd read the article, you'd know that the lego corp is paying $15,000 for it. Which, by your calculation, means that NASA is making a profit.

Also, a minifig, even if solid, is way less than a cubic inch.

Re:Approximate cost (1)

phobos512 (766371) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988626)

Based on freely available specifications (http://www.spaceandtech.com/spacedata/elvs/atlas5_specs.shtml) for the Atlas V-551 launch vehicle, the density of aluminum you stated and a best case estimation of the payload weight (just over 18,000 lbs based on the above site), I calculated $6084/lb, which comes out to $1789 to launch these little guys. HOWEVER, with the dimensions of a minifig from here (http://snively.blogspot.com/2009/04/lego-minifig-dimensions.html) and here (http://snively.blogspot.com/2009/04/lego-minifig-dimensions.html) the volume of a minifig is closer to 0.59 in^3 so the total works out to just about $1054. And by the way, you had a typo in your result up above, though your answer is correct.

Re:Approximate cost (1)

beanpoppa (1305757) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988698)

From TFA:

The brick company even underwrote the project, at a cost of $5,000 for each of the minifigs,

Re:Approximate cost (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989210)

Lego paid for it.
And it doesn't literally use money as fuel.
They will use X amount of fuel with, or without this items.
And it's cost is 5 Grand, again paid for by Lego.

Re:Approximate cost (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989452)

They could always make money on these by dropping them in a bottle of urine and selling pictures of that for $20,000 each. It works with plastic Jesus statues.

WANT! (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988244)

Especially the Galileo.

Re:WANT! (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988440)

if lego is smart, they'll market copies

Re:WANT! (1)

edremy (36408) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988664)

If Lego was smart, they would already *have* copies in the stores today.

(Can't say too much bad about Lego right now- having too much fun with my son's new Mindstorms kit.)

Re:WANT! (2)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988954)

I want a Galileo, and a Newton, and an Einstein, and a Schrodinger (but no stupid cat!), and a Hawking.

Great (-1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988256)

I love it when people are being cute with my money, shit couldn't shove a couple more sensors in there for um I dunno science?

Re:Great (1)

snookerhog (1835110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988344)

are you speaking as the owner of LEGO A/S?

Re:Great (2)

joebok (457904) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988352)

Sounds like it was funded by Lego. Nevertheless, while there is a certain cool/nostalgia factor, it does seem sad that we are sending toys into space at the same time as the shuttle program ends and American manned space flight enters a hiatus of unknown duration.

It is the cart before the horse - if we are taking the trouble to send toys to space, shouldn't we also be sending kids to play with those toys?

Re:Great (0)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988460)

oh don't worry we paid full price for X payload to go from point A to point B, and the lego deal was just a little extra on the side, its a common thing for moving companies

Re:Great (3, Informative)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988596)

Well if you're going to buy an Atlas 551 to get this spacecraft to Jupiter in the first place, and you have a little extra performance margin on the rocket that can cover the weight of adding three Lego figurines (which you do, a 551 is a damn powerful rocket, and three aluminum figures are not particularlly heavy). Then why not add something fun for the ride?

Stop wasting so much energy on being cranky. You'll give yourself an ulcer.

Re:Great (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989022)

or add some more scientific equipment so every ounce of space is used effectively and not "for fun for the children who probably wont even be told about this" bullshit

Re:Great (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988810)

It is the cart before the horse - if we are taking the trouble to send toys to space, shouldn't we also be sending kids to play with those toys?

I have a couple I would considering donating to the cause. The oldest loves legos

Re:Great (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988456)

I'm sure re-designing the entire spacecraft to shove an extra sensor in there would have been MUCH cheaper that adding a couple ounces of ballast!

Re:Great (2)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988578)

You mean the money that you spent on Lego playsets when you were growing up? Because if you're quite done being a cynical bastard, you could RTFA and discover that Lego footed the costs, not NASA.

Re:Great (0)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989038)

god you people are so gullible, here it is again the OLDEST RIP OFF IN THE FUCKING BOOK

oh don't worry we paid full price for X payload to go from point A to point B, and the lego deal was just a little extra on the side, its a common thing for moving companies

Re:Great (2)

acidreverb (1339035) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988608)

Lego paid for it, sooo.....

Re:Great (-1, Flamebait)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989060)

yea and we as taxpayers paid to have that thing loaded with scientific equipment, where the fuck is my refund?

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36989486)

There is no refund troll boy. It's rather tied up in the scientific equipment. Your share, by the way, would cost more to stamp than the check would be worth.

I just don't understand (1)

Lysander7 (2085382) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988296)

How could NASA have run out of funding with projects such as these?!

Budget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988360)

I guess NASA's budget issues are worse than we thought!

The fundies will gripe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988434)

...about launching strange gods into space.

Budget cuts and fundie uproar here we come!

This is why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36988484)

Your dumbassed space agency is being cut off from money. Fucking morons.

$5000 per figure??? WTF? (1)

The O Rly Factor (1977536) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988734)

How precisely do you spend $5000 on an aluminum figure about an inch and a half in size?? I could turn out all three of those on a vertical mill in one afternoon with about $5 worth of aluminum.

Re:$5000 per figure??? WTF? (2)

The_mad_linguist (1019680) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988926)

Great. Now get them up there.

Re:$5000 per figure??? WTF? (1)

SilverAlicorn (986453) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989192)

NASA doesn't just chuck stuff on a rocket and launch it on an interplanetary mission. TFA mentions that LEGO had to design them so as not to interfere with the probe's measurements. This is a gravimetric survey of the planet, so the center-of-gravity of the probe has to be a very finely-known factor. There had to have been a fair amount of careful design and testing on both NASA's and LEGO's parts. Those rocket scientists aren't cheap!

Re:$5000 per figure??? WTF? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989302)

A) You have to actually retool a piece of equipment to meet Lego's very precise measurements. I doubt you could do that.
B) You have to pay for the material.
C) You have to pay to have it done.
D) You have to pay the people who designed them.
F) You have to account for mistakes
G) You need to ship them
H) You need to be sure the are placed on the spacecraft to exact specs.

News flash: The world is bigger then your little mind, and shit costs money to do.

Re:$5000 per figure??? WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36989456)

LEGO usually manufactures things made from plastic. Presumably they had to buy tooling that was capable of cutting/molding aluminum, or had to pay a premium for a one off run on someone else's machine.

"as a way to promote children's education..." (1)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988854)

They approached Lego and the company loved the idea. It saw the project as a way to promote Lego.

Fixed that for you.

(Not that there is anything wrong with promoting Lego)

Re:"as a way to promote children's education..." (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36989348)

Lego has a history of promoting science and kids education.

Contrary to the belief of small mind idiots, sometime companies do things because they feel it's right. Does Lego really need more promotion? is there some American kid going "Lego? never heard of it. I'll go check them out."?

No, there isn't.

This is the future of NASA (1)

makubesu (1910402) | more than 3 years ago | (#36988950)

We don't send people into space, but we do send legos shaped like people!

There's still time to send Obama instead! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36989036)

Send Obama to Jupiter instead!

Nobama2012! Vote Tea Party!

They finally admit it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36989320)

So there IS live in our solar system. But not on Mars but on Jupiter; so now we send the aliens toys to please them ?

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