This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and to celebrate, The LEGO Group has built a life-sized astronaut model! The special statue is modeled after the same spacesuit worn on the moon in 1969 and will be available for viewing in D.C.
The giant astronaut model was constructed by a team of 10 designers and LEGO Master Builders, taking almost 300 hours to design and build. It features 10 different colors and over 30,000 LEGO bricks!
The public will get a chance to view the amazing piece during the Apollo 50 Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Jul. 18–20. Also during the event, Master Builders will receive help from visitors to help build a 20-foot tall replica of a Mars exploration component, in addition to participating in activities and photo opps.
If you’re not local to Washington, D.C., your local LEGO store will also be hosting space-themed events during the month of July. Visit the LEGO website to check out the new weekly Build & Display activities all centered on Mars exploration.