Lego Minifigs go to Jupiter. Black alien Monoliths are not amused.

Die NASA schickt zusammen mit Lego drei speziell angefertigte Lego-Figuren in einer Sonde zum Jupiter und die schwarzen Monolithen, die dort in der Umlaufbahn rumhängen sind echt richtig angepisst. Ich meine, ey! Als wir vor 34 Jahren 1977 die Voyager-Sonden losgeschickt hatten, da packten wir eine vergoldete Platte an Bord mit allerlei entschlüsselbaren Datenspuren mit Audioaufnahmen der Erde, mit Musik, Kartenmaterial und biologischen Infos, alles zusammengestellt unter der Leitung von Carl Sagan.

Wir schicken Plastikspielzeug da hoch. Immerhin in einer gesponsorten Special-Edition und mit einem guten Hintergedanken: Kids für wissenschaftliche Arbeit zu begeistern. This pretty much sums up the Post-Post-Moderne.

NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft will carry the 1.5-inch likeness of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno to Jupiter when the spacecraft launches this Friday, Aug. 5. The inclusion of the three mini-statues, or figurines, is part of a joint outreach and educational program developed as part of the partnership between NASA and the LEGO Group to inspire children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In Greek and Roman mythology, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief. From Mount Olympus, Juno was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter's true nature. Juno holds a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth, while her husband holds a lightning bolt. The third LEGO crew member is Galileo Galilei, who made several important discoveries about Jupiter, including the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honor). Of course, the miniature Galileo has his telescope with him on the journey.

NASA: Juno Spacecraft to Carry Three Figurines to Jupiter Orbit, Brothers Brick: LEGO minifigs going to Jupiter on NASA’s Juno spacecraft!