Build Your Own LEGO Sputnik to Commemorate the Start of the Space Race

Illustration for article titled Build Your Own LEGO Sputnik to Commemorate the Start of the Space Race

Fifty-six years ago today, humanity entered the Space Age as a 23-inch radio-pulsing metal sphere dubbed Sputnik 1 entered LEO. As it sped around the Earth at 18,000 mph, Sputnik set off a firestorm of envy from the Americans which directly incited a Space Race that would last until we put a man on the Moon.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Build Your Own LEGO Sputnik to Commemorate the Start of the Space Race

That little satellite that could has since been immortalized time and again in a variety of mediums so, really, it was only a matter of time until it was cast in LEGO. Celebrate the day that we became more than a terrestrial species with this surprisingly simple plan from LEGO Space: Building the Future, which hopefully also includes a section on the Hubble—or at least the van from Space Balls.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Build Your Own LEGO Sputnik to Commemorate the Start of the Space Race

LEGO Space: Building the Future reproduced with permission of No Starch Press. © 2013 Peter Reid and Tim Goddard

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

xXTomcatXx
xXTomcatXx

I give it an "E" for Effortless. Step it up LEGO!