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These Three Minifigs Are on Their Way to Jupiter

The Juno spacecraft, after a planned launch in August, will travel to and then orbit the planet Jupiter. On board will be three LEGO minifigs representing the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno, and the astronomer Galileo Galilei. Jupiter is holding his traditional lightning bolt, Juno a magnifying glass to represent her search for truth, and Galileo holds a globe and telescope. Link -via DVICE | Photo: NASA

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Reminds me of the Japanese Venus space probe Akatsuki, which launched with aluminum plates engraved with pictures of the Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku.

The project director said that if they received over 10,000 signatures, they would consent to using Miku's image on the plates. By the end, they got over 260,000 signatures.

A nice way to raise public interest in space exploration.
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