Animal: Husky Found in: Siberia, Alaska, North America, Northern Europe Status: Man’s (and mushers’) best friend Class: Mammal Weight: Same as 6,400-9,200 2x4 LEGO® bricks Height: 250-312 LEGO® bricks tall Fun Facts - They love to hunt and eat salmon and other Arctic fish. - Huskies love to use their voice. Their howls can be heard from miles away! Cool canines Huskies’ toes are covered in fur, and their paws are built for Arctic travel. They can pull a sled for hours! They use a special digging technique to carve out shelters in the snow. Their claws are safer than any crampons or snowshoes for sprinting across the ice. Blue-eyed beauties Huskies have beautiful blue eyes and a big, wide smile. They are really happy dogs and they love the company of others, whether it’s a pack of other sled dogs and a musher, or a human family. As pets, they need LOTS of exercise and a cool place to rest.
Arctic Ice Crawler
Arctic Ice Crawler Top speed: 10 km/hr (6 mph) Horsepower: 150-160 Features: - Posable legs for maximum stability - articulated arm with opening claw gripper for heavy-duty lifting Cool-ometer: 5/5 Gadgets to bring for adventures: - Something hot to drink – it can get a little chilly in the cockpit! - A circular saw if you want to cut smaller pieces from the ice. Crawler cranes and excavators are the ultimate 4x4 vehicles and perfect for rough ice terrain research. You can drive them up and down slopes, steep ravines, and crevasses, and they can lift tons of ice. The LEGO City explorers fondly calls their Arctic Ice Crawler “Scorpio Sally”.
Blast Off with Fun Rocket Facts!
Did you know that the first rockets were invented about 800 years ago and were used for fireworks? Today, rockets are the vehicles that allow humans to explore outer space and may someday even take us as far away as Mars (let’s hope someone sends a post card!) Here are 5 fun facts about rockets that are out of this world: • The first rockets were used to launch fireworks in the 1200s. That’s about 800 years ago – that’s even before your grandparents were born! • Before sending humans to space, scientists sent dogs and monkeys (and they even wore spacesuits designed just for them!) Do you think they brought biscuits and bananas with them? • In April 1961, the first human used a giant rocket to journey into outer space. He circled the Earth for 108 minutes without getting dizzy! • It takes a rocket only 8 minutes to accelerate to a speed of 15,000 miles per hour / 24.000 kilometers per hour (but maybe longer if there is a space jam). • In order to burst through the gravity of Earth, a rocket must travel at speeds of 7 miles per second / 11 kilometers per second. That’s even faster than a cheetah, the fastest animal on Earth! It takes a very special, fearless person to explore the universe. Do you think you are brave enough to fly a rocket into space?
Welcome to Mars!
Did you know that the first astronauts may travel to Mars sometime in the future? You or one of your friends could be on board, so it’s important to learn everything possible about the Red Planet if you’re going to spend some time there! Here are 5 fun facts about life on Mars that will have you packing your bags in no time! • A year on Mars is almost twice as long as a year on Earth – 687 days. That’s a long time between birthdays! • Mars has a dusty environment that has unusual effects on the sky: in the daytime the sky has an orange color, and the sunrise and sunset are blue. • The average surface temperature on Mars is -81 °F (-63 °C). Better bring your warmest pajamas and some hot cocoa! • Want to upload a selfie to social media back on Earth? You’ll need to be patient: it takes an average of 15 minutes for a message to reach Earth from Mars. • Feel like a road trip on Mars? Be sure to visit Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in the solar system. It stretches 16 miles (25 kilometers) into the Martian sky! Do you think one day people will go to Mars for vacations and to maybe even live? Would you like to be one of the first to go?