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Lego Space Team minifigures meet fans at NASA visitor complex

The minifigure members of the Lego Space Team, including program manager Daniel, flight director Maria, mission specialist Kyle, scientist Sofie and ground systems technician Zach appear as Lego brick-built statues in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's Build to Launch exhibit.
The minifigure members of the Lego Space Team, including program manager Daniel, flight director Maria, mission specialist Kyle, scientist Sofie and ground systems technician Zach appear as Lego brick-built statues in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's Build to Launch exhibit. (Image credit: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex/collectSPACE.com)

Before they join NASA on a mission to the moon, the minifigure members of the Lego Space Team (opens in new tab) are now meeting their fans in a new exhibit at the agency's Florida spaceport.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has partnered with Lego Education to bring to life — or at least, life-size — the minifigures featured in the toy company's popular "Build to Launch: A STEAM Exploration Series." Produced in collaboration with NASA, the Build to Launch videos feature animated Lego minifigures taking on the roles of NASA astronauts, flight controllers and engineers to help students see themselves in those same careers.

"Students and teachers have been igniting their passion for STEAM [science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics] through the Build to Launch series (opens in new tab) and the Artemis 1 mission by designing and prototyping, problem-solving and collaborating, and exploring STEAM careers," Jenny Nash, head of Education Impact U.S. for Lego Education, said in a statement. "What better place to bring it to life than at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where guests will be able to view the Artemis mission launch that inspired the series."

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The Lego Education Build to Launch exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

The Lego Education Build to Launch exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. (Image credit: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex)

Artemis 1 is NASA's first mission to return a crew-capable spacecraft to the vicinity of the moon since the Apollo missions 50 years ago. Lifting off on NASA's first Space Launch System (opens in new tab) (SLS) "mega moon rocket," an uncrewed Orion spacecraft will spend three weeks flying around the moon before subsequent missions bring astronauts into lunar orbit and down to the moon's surface.

Four Lego astronaut minifgures, including two members of the LEGO Education Space Team — command pilot Kate and mission specialist Kyle — are packed on board the Artemis I Orion (opens in new tab) spacecraft to fly on the mission. Similar minifigures are included in Lego's current line of building sets based on NASA's Artemis (opens in new tab) program plans.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex exhibit also features Kate and Kyle, as well as flight director Maria, program manager Daniel, engineer Avery and the other Lego Space Team members as life-size statues built from Lego toy bricks. In addition, the Build to Launch display offers a glimpse of some of the creations that students have come up with throughout the 10-week online series.

Guests can also use the free-build table to stretch their own engineering skills and jump into a photo op that lets them become a member of the Lego Space Team.

An interactive display in the Lego Education Build to Launch: A STEAM Exploration Series exhibit invites guests at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to meet the Lego Space Team and the roles they fill for NASA's Artemis I mission.

An interactive display in the Lego Education Build to Launch: A STEAM Exploration Series exhibit invites guests at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to meet the Lego Space Team and the roles they fill for NASA's Artemis I mission. (Image credit: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex)

"The learning really comes to life for visitors of the exhibit as they build and interact with the Lego Space Team minifigures (opens in new tab) they've come to know and love through the series, as well as introduce new students, classes and families to the joy of hands-on playful learning," Nash said.

The exhibit complements one of the goals of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which is to educate and inspire the next generation of space explorers, according to Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of the complex.

"The Lego Education Build to Launch exhibit is a great example of how we engage guests in a fun, colorful and meaningful way, and provides a space to explore the world of STEAM while also learning about the latest moon mission — Artemis 1," said Protze.

Now open, the Lego Education Build to Launch exhibit (opens in new tab) is included with admission into the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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Robert Z. Pearlman
Robert Z. Pearlman

Robert Pearlman is a space historian, journalist and the founder and editor of collectSPACE.com, an online publication and community devoted to space history with a particular focus on how and where space exploration intersects with pop culture. Pearlman is also a contributing writer for Space.com and co-author of "Space Stations: The Art, Science, and Reality of Working in Space” published by Smithsonian Books in 2018. He previously developed online content for the National Space Society and Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, helped establish the space tourism company Space Adventures and currently serves on the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society, the advisory committee for The Mars Generation and leadership board of For All Moonkind. In 2009, he was inducted into the U.S. Space Camp Hall of Fame in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2021, he was honored by the American Astronautical Society with the Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History.