Last month, LEGO celebrated the release of its latest LEGO City sets by challenging builders to come up with their most imaginative builds that will bring us closer to the dream of space travel. The LEGO Ideas Moon to Mars building contest is now on the Winner Announcement Phase, with four entries being chosen as the best among the numerous entries that were submitted throughout the month of July. Eventually, it all boiled down to 2 Runner-Ups, 1 Grand Prize Winner, and another wild card entry awarded with a Bonus Prize. Check out these impressive, out-of-the-box, space-worthy creations coming from the innovative minds of our LEGO fan community.
The Starship Jordan Miller is the culmination of the hard work and cooperation of 16 countries coming together with a single purpose: go from the Moon to Mars. This spacecraft was inspired by the friendship and cooperation of 2 brilliant spaceship designers, Jordan and Miller. The Starship is propelled by a single nuclear engine in the back and powered by 11 main solar arrays with additional support from the solar arrays of the docked spacecraft. There are 8 docking ports along the main body. 2 Russian Korolev Deep Space Crew Transports bring the crew from earth to a Lunar Retrograde Orbit to dock with the Jordan Miller. There are also 3 Infinity Cargo Supply spacecraft (grey spacecraft with the gold circular arrays) from Japan and Spain docked to supply food, water, and other necessities for the long journey to Mars. At the front are 2 MDAVs (Mars Descent Ascent Vehicles) to explore Mars. It also has 3 robotic arms. It has a crew of 20 people.
“The Lunar to Mars Embedded Spacecraft” (LME) is built within the core of a dislodged moon rock. The rock, being rich in ice, is used as both a shield and a fuel source. The LME is designed to carry smaller spacecraft with it on its long haul to mars. These included: two scout ships, the Verdigris Landing shuttle, and the Jupiter rover. During the trek, they will be used for maintenance and ice mining. Once the LME reaches mars orbit, the Verdigris and Jupiter will be used to land on and explore the surface. The initial launch will be a slingshot maneuver around the moon after which the engines keep a steady thrust on route to Mars!
Once LEGO City had set up a permanent research station on the Moon, they knew it was time to aim for Mars. They created the Lego Moon to Mars Initiative, an International Organization dedicated to sending Minifigure kind from the Lunar surface to the Red Planet. Scientists from Lego City, Bricksburg, and from across the studded seas in Bricklandia, came and designed the most powerful Slingshot ever. This method saves enormous amounts of fuel normally required for escape velocity, and is only possible on the Moon, where gravity is less than Earth’s. Four Astronauts were chosen for the mission, and after years of training, they are finally ready. Buckle up. It’s gonna be a ride.
The world’s leading private Space Agencies have joined forces with NASA to create the Solar System’s ultimate interplanetary human transport spacecraft.
Hop aboard the MMTS, a futuristic transport system designed to hold passengers in comfort for the long-haul between the space docking stations of the Moon and Mars.
Designed for lengthy journeys, the MMTS includes:
- Solar arrays
- An observatory
- Rotating centrifugal force-based gravity belt with a combination of mechanical gears and a magnetic propulsion system
- Space garden dome dedicated to relaxing, health and wellbeing, a glass-covered pond, and hydroponically grown plants (also featured in living quarters)
- Science and research labs
- Café and dining areas
- Comfortable living quarters with advanced adjustable privacy glass enabling passengers to gaze into space from the comfort of their beds whilst filtering out light and harmful solar radiation
- Community games, music, and recreational areas
- Medical Bay
The Grand Prize winner gets to bring home the latest collection of NASA-inspired LEGO sets which include the entire array of LEGO City Space sets, the LEGO Creator Expert Lunar Lander (10266), LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309), LEGO Creator Shuttle Transporter (31091), the gift-with-purchase LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) and an exclusive LEGO Creator Expert VIP Space Patch, all valued at $680+ USD. The Runner-Ups also get to bring home the abovementioned sets, except for the complete line-up of LEGO City Space sets save for the LEGO City Mars Research Shuttle (60226).
Which is your favorite among these LEGO Ideas Moon to Mars Building Contest winning entries? Let me know what you think.