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International Space Station

Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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International Space Station



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Project Description

This cutting-edge laboratory orbits the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour while it houses a team of international astronauts that conduct experiments in space. The ISS structure is modular, just like LEGO. The first piece was launched by Russia in 1998. Adding additional pieces to the structure is a unique engineering challenge as rockets must be launched in a window of minutes each day to reach the orbiting destination at the right time.

Fun facts about the LEGO version at Brick by Brick:
·4 feet wide
·Design time: 30 hours
·Build time: 25 hours
·Number of bricks: 2,500
·The solar panels were created from 2,500 gold bars culled from Harry Potter LEGO sets.
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