February 27, 2012
Astronaut Builds LEGO ISS Model In Space
Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa recently built a LEGO model of the International Space Station while aboard the orbiting laboratory.
CollectSPACE.com reported that the astronaut built the two-foot-long model of ISS in just a couple of hours.
"It was a great opportunity for me to have built the LEGO space station," Furukawa, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) flight engineer, told collectSPACE.com.
He said building the LEGO model in space was similar to how the 200 astronauts built the International Space Station, because it was also constructed "piece by piece."
NASA astronaut Michael Fossum told collectSPACE.com that Furukawa "kind of became" known as "the LEGO guy" among the other astronauts aboard the ISS.
The model was pieced together inside a sealed container in order to keep the small LEGO bricks from floating around inside the station.
Fossum said the box helped ensure that the little model pieces do not get jammed in equipment on the ISS.
Furukawa said assembling the ISS LEGO model in the containment system was challenging because of the rubber gloves.
He told collectSPACE.com that the thick rubber gloves "made me clumsy in building the LEGO space station."
The LEGO model was dissembled not long after it was assembled due to potentially flammable materials.
"It's a little hard to comprehend, but there are flammability concerns about the LEGOs," Fossum told the news site.
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