Supersize LEGO city spacecraft lands at museum

Crafted by a team of LEGO® City Space Master Builders – in association with the UK Space Agency – the Soyuz Capsule build is now in situ at the Science Museum.

Modelled on the spacecraft that British ESA astronaut Tim Peake will launch into space later this year the replica took 650 hours to build using 160,000 LEGO® bricks.

Soyuz is a series of spacecraft designed for the Soviet space programme in the 1960s that remains in service today. The LEGO® build is based on the Soyuz Capsule Orbital module that provides accommodation for the crew during their mission.

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Two thirds the size of the real capsule the detailed design spans 7m by 2.5m and includes a sit in section for young visitors to the attraction.

The model spacecraft will be on display at the Science Museum until March 2016, close to the Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age exhibition.

For more information visit www.principia.org.uk.

About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials.
 
Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com.
 
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LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2015 the LEGO Group.

About the Science Museum
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age
Discover the dramatic story of how Russia turned the dream of space travel into a reality and became the first nation to explore space in Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition will reveal the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK. Come face-to-face with Vostok-6, the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first ever woman in space, and examine the fascinating gadgets cosmonauts need to live in space.

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age opens 18 Sep 2015 – 13 Mar 2016. For more information visit sciencemuseum.org.uk/cosmonauts.

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