Real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield has built the new LEGO Space Shuttle

Former Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield has been busy building the LEGO Group’s newest real-life space set, 10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery.

The ex-commander of the International Space Station tweeted two photos of the 2,354-piece ode to real-world space exploration: one before building, and one after. Seeing all of the set’s 19 bags laid out really brings home just how much plastic has gone into recreating the Discovery, which also includes a gloriously shiny Hubble Space Telescope.

Before turning his attentions to the stars, Hadfield spent a quarter of a century serving as a fighter pilot for the Canadian Forces. He then went on to fly two Space Shuttle missions, STS-74 and STS-100, becoming the first Canadian to walk in space. He’s now retired, but clearly hasn’t lost his affinity for all things space exploration – and the LEGO Group has filled that need nicely.

If you’d like to join Hadfield on his brick-built journey into space, you can pick up 10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery from LEGO.com right now. If you order before April 20, you’ll also earn double VIP points – equivalent to £17 / $20 / €18 in rewards vouchers to spend on future purchases.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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