LEGO ISS

The business of space travel is changing rapidly, but the latest building set to emerge from the LEGO Ideas crowdsourcing platform was inspired by a project that began as a collaborative effort toward the end of the Space Shuttle era.

Older builders ages 16 and up can assemble the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (ISS), an 864-piece replica of the station that’s been circling the Earth since 1998. The set is packed with authentic details, including eight adjustable, rotating solar panels and a poseable Canadarm2 mobile servicing system. The ISS also includes a buildable miniature version of a NASA Space Shuttle orbiter, three miniature cargo spacecraft, and two astronaut micro-figures. Additionally, the ISS building set comes with a display stand and a 148-page booklet with facts on the real ISS and the genesis of its LEGO counterpart. The set will be available at LEGO Stores beginning on Feb. 1.

While the ISS launched in 1998, the first long-term residents boarded the station on Nov. 2, 2000. This year will mark 20 years of continuous human occupation of the low orbit craft.