Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch and to celebrate this historic event, Lego has created a life-sized astronaut that is a perfect replica of the suits Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would have been wearing as they headed to the moon. A team of 10 designers and Lego Master Builders spent more than 300 hours building the 30,000-piece 6’3″ suit, which even features a reflection of the moon in the helmet.
Lego released a time-lapse video of the build just to give us an idea of how much work went into the model’s creation. The model will be officially unveiled during the Apollo 50 Festival on the National Mall in Washington DC, which will be hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on July 18-20.
The company will also be releasing several new space-themed Lego sets as part of the celebration, including NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander, which recreates the original landing, Women of NASA, which celebrates “groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics”, and NASA Apollo Saturn V, a three-foot-tall replica of the rocket that famously helped make the Apollo missions possible.
Lego hopes that by paying tribute to the original moon landing, they will encourage future generations to appreciate space travel. Additionally, Lego has partnered with Scholastic on an educational program that will send 50 lucky kids to NASA Space Camp in 2020.
“We’re honored that we have been collaborating with space agencies around the world to develop content and products that further nurture a child’s interest in space,” said Michael McNally, senior director of brand relations, LEGO Systems, Inc. “Ensuring that building sets, such as the new LEGO CITY Mars Exploration feature realistic details may further assist kids’ understanding of the influence that human space travel has had on their everyday lives, and to enable kids to see themselves playing a part in future missions.”