Desire a LEGO James Webb House Telescope? It will possibly even be folded up
As we are all expecting the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to launch later this year (hopefully), LEGO designers are hoping for a “launch” of their own. A new LEGO design from JWST is currently gathering supporters on the LEGO Ideas website. If it gets enough support, LEGO will review and possibly create it.
To date (August 12, 2021) the idea has almost 1,500 supporters, with the goal of 10,000. If you want to have your own JWST model, please vote!
(You need to create a LEGO account to vote or comment on the site.)
LEGO itself says the design for the Build-a-Block JWST is “well done”. It contains many impressive details of the actual telescope, such as the folding mirror segments and the sun visor.
The folded LEGO JWST, ready to go! Credit: LEGO.
The real JWST will be the largest space telescope ever launched. Since it is so big, the large mirror and giant parasol have to be folded up to fit into the Ariane 5 rocket and then unfolded in space.
“Just like the real JWST, this LEGO JWST model can be folded into a stowed position for start-up, has all the important moving components and is roughly to scale with the NASA engineer minifigure shown,” says the description of the LEGO JWST .
Here is a look at my ISIM Electronics Compartment (IEC). My instruments need electronics that generate heat. This is a problem for a cold telescope like me! So I keep the electronics in my IEC away from the telescope that give off the heat down my bum. https://t.co/gw5njoFkI6 pic.twitter.com/6owWx0jMgI
– LEGO JWST (@LEGO_JWST) August 12, 2021
The designer, who says he is an astronomer, notes that it took some time to create the hexagonal mirror segments to figure them out, but they use triangular yellow Lego characters to make them.
“I am an astronomer and I am amazed at the complexity of JWST. There are so many moving parts and systems that must all work together for the telescope to work. I wanted to build a model to help others appreciate this incredible machine and learn the basics of how a telescope works. “
The LEGO replica models the curved main mirror from JWST, which consists of 18 movable hexagonal segments, as well as its hinged secondary mirror. It also encompasses all of the major subsystems of the JWST, including the scientific instruments and the propulsion, energy and communication subsystems.
“I hope this LEGO set will help builders understand the remarkable engineering that goes into making a giant space telescope,” says the designer.
You can follow updates on the LEGO project and see more details on Twitter.
You can read our interview with JWST project scientist John Mather here.