One of the Curiosity rover’s designers has won a fan-based competition to create LEGO version of the Curiosity Mars rover.
Mars will soon be within everyone's reach — or at least, a LEGO version of one of its visiting rovers will be.
One of the Curiosity rover’s designers, Stephen Pakbaz, has created a LEGO version of the space-faring rover, which NASA calls the Mars Science Laboratory.
CUUSOO, which is usually translated from Japanese to either "imagination" or "wish," invites LEGO fans to pitch ideas for new products. Once submitted, models that have accumulated 10,000 votes from visitors to the CUUSOO site win review from LEGO for possible commercial release.
Mr. Pakbaz, who goes by the username "Perijove" on the CUUSOO website, posted his rover submission to the website in November 2011. A mechanical engineer, Pakbaz was involved in some of the design and testing of Curiosity at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The LEGO rover garnered enough votes to qualify for review in August 2012, just weeks after the rover that inspired it landed on Mars.
Mr. Pakbaz said in his CUUSOO proposal that his goal was to design “a LEGO model that was as faithful to the actual rover as possible in terms of accuracy, details, and mechanical function, while remaining at a reasonable size and cost.”