Lego has a brand new mission for its just lately launched house shuttle Discovery, and you may get it totally free — if you’re a VIP.
The toy firm is about to launch a brick-built mannequin of NASA and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Ulysses solar probe on Wednesday (April 14), obtainable to members of its buyer loyalty program.
“Redeem 1,800 VIP factors now for this NASA-inspired house collectible,” Lego teased on its VIP website on Tuesday.
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The Ulysses set can be rolled out by area by way of Lego.com on Wednesday: 9 a.m. EDT in North America; 9 a.m. AEST in Australia and New Zealand; and in Europe, the Center East and Africa, 9 a.m. CST and 10 a.m. CET, based on Lego on Twitter.
Primarily based on a broadcast photograph of the assembled equipment, the Lego Ulysses will embody the photo voltaic probe, in addition to the Inertial Higher Stage (IUS) and Payload Help Module-S (PAM-S) that had been hooked up to the sun-bound spacecraft when it was deployed from the house shuttle Discovery and had been used to spice up it out of Earth orbit towards Jupiter for a gravity-assist to circle the solar.
Initially scheduled for launch with the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set that went on sale on April 1, Lego delayed the Ulysses probe reward resulting from an unspoken challenge. If designed to the identical scale because the 1:70th orbiter, the Ulysses ought to be capable of fit into Discovery’s payload bay, providing a second “mission” for the orbiter after the Hubble House Telescope included with the Discovery set.
The true Ulysses probe, which studied the solar from 1994 to 2009, was additionally late to launch. Initially focused for 1983, various delays, together with the lack of the house shuttle Challenger in 1986, resulted within the spacecraft not leaving Earth till Oct. 6, 1990.
Lifting off with the STS-41 crew on board Discovery, the Ulysses probe was deployed from the shuttle’s payload bay six hours into the four-day mission. The enhance supplied by the IUS and PAM-S accelerated Ulysses to about 10 miles per second (15.four kilometers per second), making it the quickest human-made object launched from Earth till the Pluto-bound New Horizons probe in January 2006.
The primary mission to survey the house atmosphere above and under the poles of the solar, the Ulysses probe was a joint challenge by NASA and ESA. Over the course of its observations, the probe collected knowledge displaying that the photo voltaic wind weakens over time, that the solar’s magnetic discipline reverses route each 11 years and that the photo voltaic magnetic discipline on the poles is weaker than beforehand identified.
Throughout its prolonged mission, Ulysses additionally encountered three comets and handed by means of their tails.
Contact with the Ulysses probe was misplaced on June 30, 2009, after the spacecraft had operated for greater than 4 instances its design life. The overall mission elapsed time — 18 years, eight months, 23 days, 12 hours, 12 minutes and 44 seconds — is famous on a small show plaque included with the Lego Ulysses set in the identical type as these for the Hubble and shuttle that include the Discovery set.