Lego releases 2,354-piece space shuttle Discovery set for adults

Lego is releasing a new space shuttle Discovery set to mark the 40th anniversary since the first NASA space shuttle flight on April 12, 1981.

Developed in partnership with NASA, the new set features 2,354 pieces.

Aimed primarily at the 18+ age group, the set replicates the original Discovery orbiter with functional landing gear, payload bay doors, elevons and rudder.

The set also includes the Hubble space telescope, which can either be folded and contained within the payload bay or expanded with a solar array and displayed separately.

The model (height: 21.78cm, width: 34.60cm, length: 55.46cm) comes with two stands and plaques which feature key data from the Hubble deployment mission.

The set, designed by Milan Madge, goes on sale from April 1, 2021 from LEGO.com and Lego retail stores for US$169.99.

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Developed in partnership with NASA, the space shuttle Discovery set comprises 2,354 pieces. Credit: Lego

 

To celebrate the launch of the Discovery set, the LEGO Group spoke to former NASA astronaut and geologist Dr. Kathy Sullivan about her experience onboard the original Discovery (STS-31) mission and how the real-life space shuttle compares to the Lego model’s detailed reimagination of the iconic spacecraft and the Hubble space telescope.

Dr. Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space on October 11, 1984.

She was a crew member on three space shuttle missions.

‘Intricate detail’

Commenting on the set, Dr. Sullivan said: “I was thrilled to see the space shuttle in Lego form, and was very impressed by the amount of intricate detail they have managed to recreate from the module where we used to sleep and eat through to what we called the ‘milk stools’ on the telescope.

“Looking at the model, it was great to reminisce about my experiences in space launching the telescope for the first time.

“This Lego model is a great way for Lego builders and space fans alike to get excited about space travel and learn more about the famous mission in a fun and engaging way,” she added.

Head to lego.com/gobeyond to watch the interview with Dr. Sullivan and find out more about the original Discovery mission, discover more about the new Discovery set and access online space learning tools from Lego Education.