A spacesuit may not look as comfortable as a hoodie and jeans, but it allows astronauts to survive the extreme temperatures and dangerous radiation of space – and even safely scratch their noses when on a spacewalk. Are you ready to have your mind explode like a supernova? Check out these 5 cool facts about spacesuits! • Spacesuits are customized by connecting many interchangeable parts that fit different body types. Even dogs have worn spacesuits! • Astronauts wear white spacesuits because this color reflects the most sunlight and protects from cancer-causing radiation (and a sunburn in space would REALLY hurt!) • Spacesuits protect astronauts on spacewalks from extreme temperatures and allow them to move around comfortably. When the weather is this crazy, you can’t just wear a t-shirt! • A spacesuit weighs about 280 lbs when on Earth – without anyone in it. In space it weighs absolutely nothing, which means that astronauts can move around rather easily. • What happens if an astronaut gets an itchy nose while on a spacewalk? Since they cannot remove their helmet, there is a small piece of Velcro stuck to the inside that serves as a scratcher! If you plan to explore Mars, you will definitely need a spacesuit! What special functions and features will you include in yours? Better start building!
Arctic Animals: Saber-toothed tiger
Animal: Saber-toothed tiger Found in: North and South America Status: Extinct Class: Prehistoric Weight: Same as between 22,000-160,000 2x4 LEGO® bricks Height: 20-30 minifigures Fun Facts * They mostly hunted and ate plant-eating animals like horses, bison – even mastodons. * The saber-toothed tiger is not related to the tigers we know today. It belonged to a species which is now extinct: Nimravidae. Here, kitty-kitty-kitty A saber-toothed tiger must have been an impressive sight. It is one of the largest animals in the cat family that has ever lived. Its canine teeth grew up to 20 cm (8 inches)! That’s enough to turn almost any prey into an all you can eat buffet… Don’t judge a cat by its canines Just because you have razor-sharp teeth, you can still be nice to others. Saber-toothed tigers lived and hunted in packs like many cat families do today. They would bring food to the young cubs, old, injured or sick in the pack.
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”.
Fire Truck Tank Flushing!
Did you know that a fire engine can hold up to 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) of water? That’s like drinking 16,000 cups of water, since there are about 16 cups of water in 1 gallon. The average toilet uses 1.6 gallons or 6 liters of water per flush. That’s only about 25.6 cups of water! If you hooked up a toilet to the fire truck tank, you’d have to flush the toilet 631 times to empty the fire truck of water! That’s a lot of flushing! Comment below with how YOU would empty the water tank of a fire truck.