Lego Models of NASA’s Project Constellation, Orion and Altair

Legos return to the Moon! I built the following Lego models of NASA’s Project Constellation spacecraft and lunar lander when I would take breaks from my PhD exam reading schedule. The Orion spacecraft includes a detachable solid rocket booster, and it can be mated to the Altair lunar lander craft. Orion carries three minifig astronauts, and the Altair has room for one minifig astronaut. I based my Lego models on some of the computer generated mockups shown on NASA’s Constellation program website here.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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3 comments on “Lego Models of NASA’s Project Constellation, Orion and Altair
  1. […] discussed the Space Shuttle, Saturn V, and Ares I and V launch vehicles [see my Lego versions here] in detail, which elicited many questions between the two classes. Other questions included: How […]

  2. kyle says:

    Is there a way you have step by step of this lego build. That is so sweet. Would love to get the instructions to my son so he can build it.

  3. Hi Kyle, Thanks for the comment! Looking back, I wish that I had documented the build (first, using Lego’s Digital Designer Software, ordering the bricks, and building them into the Orion module). Unfortunately, I cannibalized the bricks for other projects and my lack of any kind of brick organization would make it next to impossible to reconstruct it exactly as shown in the photos. Though, I can say it involved a lot of trial and error to get the angles correct using the hinged plates. Best of luck with your own attempts to build the Orion module with your son. Working together, you guys can build a better model than mine. Good luck! Best, Jason

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Who is Dynamic Subspace?

Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.

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