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Lego made an International Space Station kit, including Space Shuttle and robotic arm

Darrell Etherington

Lego is releasing an official International Space Station kit, which includes a scale model of the orbital platform, along with a miniature dockable Space Shuttle, a deployable satellite and two astronaut mini figurines. The kit is made up of 864 pieces, and celebrates the science station's more than 20 years in operation. It was originally suggested through Lego's Ideas platform, which crowdsources ideas from the Lego fan community.

The new kit will be available starting in February, and will retail for $69.99. It looks like a fairly involved kit, and that's backed up by the recommended age for the assembly being pegged at 16+. The station is presented in all its glory, including its large, fan-like solar power arrays, as well as its docking station, which works with both the Space Shuttle mini model and a cargo capsule that's also included as part of the set.

As mentioned, there's also a satellite as part of the kit; to deploy the satellite you can make use of the robotic Canadarm, which is also part of the station model. Meanwhile, should the ISS require any servicing, two included astronaut mini-figs can be tasked with any repairs or upgrades -- just like those provided by actual astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir this week to upgrade the lab's on-board battery systems.

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The real ISS, a collaborative effort between NASA, Russia's Roscosmos, Europe's ESA and Canada's CSA, was first launched in 1998, and has been operating continuously with people on board for just over 19 years (its official 20th "operational" anniversary is this November. The station has exceeded its original intended mission lifespan, but it's expected to continue serving as an orbital science facility until at least 2030, thanks to mission expansions.