Por que o novo LEGO® Ônibus Espacial Discovery da NASA é tão relaxante de construir

Why the new LEGO® NASA Discovery Space Shuttle is so relaxing to build

Made up of 2,354 individual pieces, the new LEGO® NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set is almost as impressive as the original it was inspired by (admittedly on a much smaller scale). But don’t let that intimidate you – as challenging as it is, it is also a rewardingly relaxing LEGO set to build.  

A detailed recreation of the STS-31 mission launched in April 1990, this NASA collectible brings together the vastness and tranquility of space travel with a level of detail that allows you to zone out and leave the world at your door.

But what is it about this gratifying space shuttle LEGO set that is so satisfyingly soothing to build? We’re glad you asked...

It’s a rare chance to get inside the head-space of the original astronauts

Os cinco assentos da tripulação do Discovery

A missão do Ônibus Espacial Discovery STS-31 transportou cinco tripulantes para lançar o Hubble... no cosmos. Você se colocará nos lugares dos membros da equipe e recriará a cabine da tripulação, completa com o posicionamento preciso dos cinco assentos que os catapultaram para os livros de história. O convés intermediário ainda contém espaço para um membro da tripulação imaginário sentar-se na câmara de descompressão para acessar o compartimento de carga útil. 

Imaginar como a equipe se sentiu voando para o desconhecido foi a parte mais divertida da construção para o cenógrafo Milan Madge. Especificamente com os pequenos assentos azuis que transportaram 5 seres humanos para longe do seu planeta azul em uma missão que nos permitiu descobrir partes do universo nunca vistas até então. 

A sensação de escapar da banalidade do dia a dia paira além do processo de construção. Assim que o seu conjunto estiver concluído e pronto para decolar, você poderá exibir sua criação com orgulho usando os estandes e as placas informativas que acompanham o conjunto.

These ‘floating’ stands have been specially designed to give the impression that both the Discovery and the Hubble Telescope are orbiting in space on an all-important quest to document the stars.  

Incredible attention to detail allows you to you focus your mind

The sheer accuracy of the model makes recreating this magnificent mission a great way to take off into the world of space travel from the comfort of your own home. The set comes with functional landing gear and a set of payload bay doors that, thanks to gravity, open and close with a joyously satisfying sound.

These small details also add to making this such a satisfying feat of LEGO mindfulness. From the Ku-band antenna for communications in the payload bay, cameras for the crew to monitor operations within the bay, and the Canadarm ready to grapple and release the brick-built Hubble Space Telescope to carry out its mission. 

O telescópio espacial Hubble pode ser exibido separadamente ou dentro do ônibus espacial.

Os mesmos detalhes de design cuidadosos foram aplicados ao Hubble, com sua caixa de espelho articulada e novos painéis solares de folha de ouro, bem como um design realista, reflexivo e prateado metálico. O telescópio também pode ser guardado no compartimento de carga útil, pronto para ser conectado ao braço robótico (o Canadarm) para o seu lançamento, assim como aconteceu de verdade na missão STS-31. 

Challenge your way to a calmer self 

This is undoubtedly a complex build, but it’s also a calming and gratifying challenge. Plus, imagine how you’ll feel when it’s finished! When designing the model, Milan Madge said,

“The Space Shuttle is the most complex vehicle ever made, so as you can imagine, translating this into LEGO bricks was an exciting challenge. In the real vehicle, every inch of space is used in ingenious ways. Generally, in a LEGO model we can rely on the size to accommodate the structure that holds the whole set together, but on the LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery we needed to create a smooth exterior and an interior capable of holding the payload. Add functional landing gear and you have a real puzzle.”

O exterior satisfatoriamente liso e a funcionalidade fazem parte do que torna esta peça histórica da NASA tão divertida de construir. E, claro, como sempre, aquele clique relaxante que as peças fazem é uma maneira zen de passar algumas horas.

Space out and zone in

Images courtesy of @yc_solo

There’s something about space that forces you into a bit of self reflection, isn’t there? Since Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the Earth back in 1961, astronauts have been sharing the profound, life-upending experience of seeing planet Earth become a dot in the distance. Yuri himself said, “When I orbited the Earth, I saw how beautiful our planet was. Mankind, let us preserve this beauty and not destroy it.”<br>

When you recreate the Discovery, in some small way, you as a maker also get a chance to experience a perspective shift. There are so many LEGO benefits for adults, but building your own shuttle to the stars and claiming a small part of [living room floor] space for yourself, is surely up there with one of the best. We hope you enjoy exploring.