Mars Curiosity Rover LEGO: NASA’s Beloved Space Robot Immortalized In Plastic Brick Form [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on June 18, 2013 8:22 PM EDT

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, pictured in this “selfie” image. (Photo: Reuters)
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The Lego version of NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

Lego aficionados have spoken: NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will soon become an official Lego model. After reaching 10,000 votes on Lego's fan blog Cuusoo, which allows users to submit product ideas that could be turned into potential Lego sets, NASA's beloved space robot will soon be immortalized in plastic brick.

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Lego announced the Mars Curiosity rover Lego in a video posted to its Cuusoo blog on Friday.

Stephen Pakbaz, a mechanical engineer who worked on Curiosity at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, designed the Lego version of the Mars rover. "I combined this first-hand experience with my Lego hobby to create a Lego model that was as faithful to the actual rover as possible in terms of accuracy, details and mechanical function," he wrote back in 2011.

The Mars Curiosity rover Lego set is complete with an articulated arm and a working suspension system.

New Scientist reports that the Lego version of the Mars Curiosity rover is the company's fifth design to be voted into animation via Lego's Cuusoo blog. Another item approved through Lego's website was plastic block a version of the Hayabusa asteroid sampler, an unmanned spacecraft developed by Japan's space exploration agency JAXA, which went on sale last year.

Prior to the successful landing of NASA's twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity on Mars, Lego released an 858-piece Mars Exploration Rover building set. They've now become popular collectors' items.

The Mars Curiosity rover Lego isn't available for purchase just yet, but eager Lego fans can try and build the rover on their own using pieces they already own. Lego provides a step -by-step instruction guide on building the Mars Curiosity rover with existing Lego pieces (although we imagine you'd have to have a pretty extensive Lego collection).

From Lego's Cuusoo blog:

The final product is still in development. Exact pricing and availability is still being determined, so stay tuned on this blog and LEGO CUUSOO for an update on when you can buy your own LEGO rover in the coming months.

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