LEGO’s New Apollo 11 Lunar Lander has been Released | Universe Today

LEGO’s New Apollo 11 Lunar Lander has been Released

The 50th anniversary of You-Know-What is coming up and LEGO is getting in on the celebration. The much-beloved company has released a replica of the Apollo 11 Eagle Lunar Lander. The new lander is part of LEGO’s Creator Expert collection.

LEGO teamed up with NASA on this effort, and the model boasts quite a few realistic touches.

It was July 20th 1969 when the Eagle Lunar Lander carried astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the Moon, making them the first humans to walk there. Ten others walked on the Moon, all American astronauts, but Armstrong and Aldrin had the honor of being in the first mission to land there, with Armstrong setting the first human feet on the Moon. This LEGO set is a tribute to those two astronauts, as well as Michael Collins and all of the NASA personnel who made the mission possible.

Buzz Aldrin Gazes at Tranquility Base during the Apollo 11 moonwalk in an image taken by Neil Armstrong. Credit: NASA

The copy for the lander says, “Celebrate space exploration with this highly detailed display model.” This is not really a toy for kids. It’s more of a collector’s item that space enthusiasts can use to decorate their den, office, or whatever other space they like.

The ascent and descent modules separate from each other. Image Credit: LEGO

The set features a descent and an ascent module that can separate from each other, two astronauts, a lunar surface, and of course an American flag. The descent module has two opening bays, and a MESA (Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly) lowering platform containing a LEGO TV camera that was used to televise Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon.

Neil, or is it Buzz, hard at work inside the Eagle. Image Credit: LEGO

The second of the two opening bays represents EASER (Early Apollo Scientific Experiment Package) with a deployable representation of the LRR (Laser Ranging Retroreflector.) The LRR was the only instrument the Apollo 11 astronauts left behind on the surface of the Moon, and it’s still in use today. The LRR is made up of 100 mirrors that are used to measure the distance from the Earth to the Moon.

Neil and Buzz with the American flag and the Laser Rangefinding Retroreflector (LRR.) Both the flag and LRR are still there. Image Credit: LEGO

The Eagle lander featured a plaque with drawings of the Earth’s Eastern and Western hemispheres, and the LEGO lander includes that plaque as well.

The plaque with drawings of the Earth’s hemispheres. Left Image Credit: LEGO. Right Image Credit: Public Domain,

This isn’t the first Apollo 11 lander made by LEGO. There’s one from 1975 and one from 2003 as well. LEGO has also created other NASA themed sets, including the Saturn V Rocket, (which also contains an Eagle lander), a Women of NASA set, a NASA-inspired Rocket Assembly and Transport set, a Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control set, and a Lunar Space Station, among others.

This commemorative Eagle lander set will be a popular item, and LEGO seems to know this. On the ordering page, it clearly says “Limit:2.”

If you want one in time for the upcoming anniversary, you better go for it.

Source: LEGO

Evan Gough

Recent Posts

Space Force Uniforms are Perfectly Camouflaged for a Forest Moon

The United States Space Force has given us a look at their new uniforms, and critics are savaging them on…

14 hours ago

Curiosity Looked up and Saw Phobos During the Daytime

This image of Phobos in the sky above Mars was taken by Curiosity in 2012 and was recently refurbished by…

18 hours ago

China’s 500-Meter FAST Radio Telescope is Now Operational

The world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope is officially open for business according to Xinhua, China's official state-run media.…

2 days ago

According to NASA, 2019 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record

NASA and the NOAA just announced that 2019 was the second hottest year on record. It barely edged out 2016,…

2 days ago

SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Nails In-Flight Abort Test! Next Stop, the ISS!

SpaceX nailed the in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon capsule this weekend, putting them one step closer to sending…

2 days ago

More Mysterious Space Blobs Have Been Found Near the Center of the Milky Way

Scientists have found six objects near the center of our galaxy that orbit Sagittarius A. These objects appear to be…

4 days ago