Three Lego figurines are travelling to Jupiter, affixed to the space probe ‘Juno’. The models represent the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, the Roman God Jupiter and the Roman Goddess Juno. Created by Lego on a special commission from NASA, the three figures are composed of aluminum, created at a cost of about US$5,000 each. Special manufacturing was required to ensure that the figurines do not interfere with the spacecraft’s sensitive measurements and instruments. ‘Juno’ is expected to arrive on Jupiter in July of 2016, where the solar-powered probe will collect information about the planet, its moons, and atmosphere over the course of one year.

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