After a journey of nearly 5 years the Juno Spacecraft is due to enter into orbit around Jupiter on the 4th July 2016. What makes this that little bit more magical is the three little stowaways onboard the spacecraft. LEGO group created three special minifigures as part of its joint outreach and educational program with NASA to make the perilous journey and help engage a new generation of budding scientist.
Photo credit: NASA/LEGO/collectSPACE.com
The mythological/historical minifigures onboard Juno represent the following:
- Roman god of Jupiter (hiding in a veil of clouds to mask his schemes from Mount Olympus)
- Juno wife of Jupiter (the only one able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter’s true nature)
- Galileo Galilei the astronomer (he made a series of important discoveries about Jupiter and discovered 4 of its moons – now named the Galilean moons)
This mission is the latest in a series of space adventures undertaken by the ever growing LEGO minifigure community and represents the furthest travelled so far, with Mars being the previous mission (note – not really a minifigure, but a picture with three LEGO bricks). But hey who wants to let the truth get in the way of a good story.
The Juno spacecraft’s mission is to study Jupiter’s composition, gravity field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere. Juno will also investigate whether Jupiter has a rocky core hidden under the dense layers of its atmosphere and clues to its formation.