LEGO has just revealed a new space-themed set that no space exploration enthusiasts should ignore. The LEGO 10283 NASA Discovery Space Shuttle was launched with former astronaut Dr. Kathy Sullivan who was part of the original NASA STS-31 mission over three decades ago that launched the Hubble Space Telescope.
If you have always wanted an accurate and detailed Space Shuttle Discovery, well, this is it. The 2,354 pieces LEGO 10283 NASA Discovery Space Shuttle features an opening payload bay that opens up to reveal a robotic arm and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Other exciting highlights include retractable landing gear, opening cockpit that reveals a detailed command module with crew seating, and moving ailerons which can be activated by turning the center main engine nozzle. Meanwhile, the Hubble Space Telescope boasts movable solar panels and a hatch door, just like the real deal.
Designed with adult collectors in mind, the LEGO 10283 NASA Discovery Space Shuttle and the included buildable Hubble Space Telescope can be display together or individually. For this purpose, each component comes with its own display stand and UCS-style information plaque.
Rounding up the package is a coffee-table-style instructions with inspiration design details. When completed the shuttle model measures over 8.5 inches (21 cm) tall, 21 inches (54 cm) long and 13.3 inches (34 cm) wide.
Seriously, no space geeks should miss this. Well, that’s if you are willing to part with a rather steep US$199.99 for it. The LEGO 10283 NASA Discovery Space Shuttle is set to drop on April 1, 2021.
All images courtesy of LEGO Group.