WANT Part XX: Hubble Lego Edition

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July 24 2014 11:00 AM

WANT Part XX: Hubble Lego Edition

Hubble Lego
Want.

Photo by Gabriel Russo

UPDATE (Aug. 31, 2014): A last minute push got this model idea to 10,000 up votes! Thanks to everyone who helped. The next step is the official Lego review. If it passes, hopefully we'll see this model coming out for the Hubble 25th anniversary in April 2015.

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

I have a soft spot in my heart for the Hubble Space Telescope. I got my Ph.D. using observations from the venerable observatory (literally signing on to the project two weeks before the ‘scope launched into space), then got a job helping build, calibrate, and use a camera called STIS that was installed onboard Hubble in 1997.

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So when I got a tweet from Gabriel Russo about getting a Lego model of Hubble officially approved, my reaction was immediate.

If you can’t figure out what it was, then reread the title of this post.

Russo’s model is amazing, and extremely cool. However, it’s not a real thing just yet. He’s submitted it to Lego’s Ideas site, which is where people can turn their ideas into real Lego kits.

Russo has done the first step, but the next step is to get 10,000 supporters to get his model reviewed by the powers that be at Lego (he doesn’t need money, just votes). He’s about halfway there, and I know there are 5,000 people reading this blog who can take a minute to register with Lego (it’s free) and give him an upvote. I did.

If it gets approved, he might be able to get it made by 2015, the 25th anniversary of Hubble’s launch. I think this model would be great for kids, adults, classrooms, space enthusiasts, and pretty much everyone. And yes, I’m doing this for selfish reasons, too.

I really want one.

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