Lego Soyuz spacecraft lands at Newton's home
Gravity has pulled an unusual object to earth from space and it has landed at Woolsthorpe Manor. It’s a two-thirds scale Lego® model of the Soyuz Orbital Module. Yes, a spacecraft constructed from those iconic bricks!
In December 2015, British astronaut Tim Peake embarked on the Principia mission to the International Space Station, where he spent six months orbiting the Earth. When he travelled to the International Space Station, he did so in the Soyuz TMA-19M Orbital Module. It is that Orbital module (replicated out of Lego®) that you’ll discover in our barn.
Built by Bright Bricks, Lego® master builders, the model is constructed from 160,000 Lego bricks and took 650 hours to build! An impressive feat of engineering and dedication. Watch the Lego Soyuz construction here.
See the model Soyuz for yourself; get up close, take a #SpaceSelfie and imagine what it feels like to travel in space in a capsule the size of a small car.
It’s thanks to the UK Space Agency that the capsule has made a detour to Lincolnshire, bringing the excitement of space travel, and Lego, to Newton’s home.
Much of Isaac Newton’s pioneering work set out in Principia Mathematica is vital to modern space flight. That is why Tim Peake’s mission was named Principia, after the work which laid out Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation. Not only did he name the mission Principia, but he took some very special pips from Newton’s gravity-inspiring tree with him.
Newton’s Pips in Space were returned to Earth and have been maturing into Space Saplings that should find new homes later this year. You can find out more about the Space Saplings below.