The LEGOŽ Bricks payload is a series of toy LEGO kits that are assembled on orbit and used to demonstrate scientific concepts. Some of these models include satellites, a space shuttle orbiter, and a scale model of the International Space Station (ISS).Principal Investigator(s)
The Lego Group, Billund, , Denmark
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Sponsoring Organization
NASA Education (EDU)Research Benefits
Information PendingISS Expedition Duration:
March 2011 - March 2013Expeditions Assigned
27/28,29/30,31/32,33/34Previous ISS Missions
NASA and its partner, the LEGOŽ Group, headquartered in Denmark, are jointly developing innovative educational materials and/or activities to promote student interest in technical or scientific careers. This partnership, documented in a Space Act Agreement between the two organizations, is designed to support NASA?s educational programs in exploration, technologies, science and aeronautics. This opportunity provides the unique learning environment of microgravity to promote student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content and careers. To accomplish this task, LEGOŽ Bricks kits are flown on board the International Space Station (ISS). Crewmembers perform tasks to demonstrate simple science concepts and how Lego Bricks work differently in a microgravity environment. LEGOŽ is also developing a website where all on-orbit video and corresponding activities can be downloaded. This information can be accessed at Lego Space.
The LEGOŽ Brick is widely well-known throughout the world. NASA partnering with this company makes the US space program highly visible to a new audience. The LEGOŽ Group has developed a whole new commercial line titled ?LEGOŽ Space City? that premiers in the US in early 2011. This new product features vehicles and models directly from NASA real-life vehicles. To accompany this, the Lego Group is launching a new website LEGOŽ Space that NASA will be able to link to. The release of new products, the website, and along with the supporting of future education, gives the space program a new boost and offers many possibilities for young students.Earth Applications
The LEGOŽ Group and LEGOŽ Education use the LEGOŽ Brick and LEGOŽ kits to teach fundamental Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts to a variety of students worldwide. These educational activities are geared for students ages 4-18 and offer a unique setting for students to investigate topics such as forces and motion, simple machines, renewable energy, and robotics. The release of new products, the website, and along with the supporting of future education, gives the space program a new boost and offers many possibilities for young students.
There are 9 LEGOŽ Bricks kits flying on board ULF6. Each kit contains several models. There are 28 models total (varying in complexity). As per the 3-year Space Act Agreement, NASA provides the means and certification for these kits to fly aboard the ISS.Operational Protocols
All LEGOŽ models must be assembled in the Maintenance Work Area (MWA) with containment system, with the exception of LC00-A (Duplo Bricks and Plate) and LC03-D (LEGOŽ Bricks ISS 2 Kit Living Interior). Crewmembers must build each model according to the building guides, but may improvise on the talking points. Video is downlinked at a later time to the ground crew, who in turn provides the raw video footage to the Lego Group. LEGOŽ Bricks pieces are then disassembled per crew preference and stowed back in the kit.