On Dec. 5, 2014, at 7:05 a.m. EST, NASA launched the new crew capsule, Orion, for it’s first experimental flight test on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket. The mission was to send Orion 3,600 miles into orbit (for reference, the ISS hangs out at around between 205-270 miles above the Earth) and return to test the new heat shield. Orion went further than any space craft designed for human flight since the Apollo 17 mission. The test flight when perfectly.
Why is this awesome? It’s NASA’s next giant leap. The Orion crew capsule is going to take us back to the moon, to asteroids, and to Mars.
Wesley, your Delta IV Heavy is fantastic and instantly recognizable and an excellent tribute to the historic launch.
Tis the season for family, friends, snow, gifts, and micro gingerbread houses. Rancorbait presents us this absolutely adorable bite-sized edition, and I personally think the stickers just make it better. It’s a great way to get the iconic royal icing on the roof edges with the candy shingles.
LEGO has announced the newest addition to their Creator line: 10246 Detective’s Office. The new set clocks in at 2,262 pieces, with a US price tag of $159.99. It hits shelves in January 2015. You can read the press release after the cut.
These are just the cutest ships I’ve seen in a while. balthazar gives us a full micro-scale flotilla, complete with full sized Galleons, Brigs, Schooners, and Sloops, giving you all the firepower and speed you could possible want. Also, fire.
Looking for inspiration to build? Want to build BrickNerd‘s Nerdly in fantastical, horrific, or otherwise normal situations? BrickNerd is running Nerdvember 2014, giving you a chance to win some excellent prizes.
I wanted to show you some of my favorites so far:
Nerdly’s Cube by Jimmy (6kyubi6)
Fiesta by Pistash
Spider Nerdly by Gregory Coquelz
Nerdly wears many hats, apparently. And costumes.
Entries are due by Nov. 30, 11:59 pm PST. You can read more of the rules here.
Crows have created an interesting place in culture and literature. They are the tricksters. They are wise. They transport the souls of the dead. If you ask Edgar Allan Poe, they’re a bit irritating and don’t do much to uplift your spirits, what with the repetitive “Nevermore” business.
At any rate, nobu_tary has given us this excellent rendition, making great use of the wing piece we first saw in the Arkham Asylum set a couple years ago. They’re currently in the Chima sets as well.
While this rendition isn’t going to get the same results as a real particle accelerator, I invite you to take a look at this fantastic LEGO version from Jason(JK Brickworks).
This “working” accelerator does in fact send a LEGO soccer ball around the track at 440 studs per second, or approximately 12.5 km/hr. Jason outlines some of the build in more detail on his blog.
I highly recommend checking out the video, too.
Last year, Disney unleashed Frozen upon us, and since then, everyone has heard “Let it Go” in one way or another. Every parent has heard the soundtrack, and probably has contemplated hiding it.
Simon MacDonald (SIMAFOL) has gone one step further, creating a minifigure-scale version of Princess Elsa’s castle.
Here’s to your daily dose of nostalgia, presented in technicolor by fujiia. Built for an event and inspired by rumors of a potential movie, she’s created this vibrant, eye-catching ode to everyone’s favorite 1980s all-girl rock-band, Jem and the Holograms.
Flickr user kumpel kante presents a gorgeous build featuring ruins (a personal favorite) of ancient civilizations, re-purposed for more nefarious uses.
There are tons of great details hidden amongst the ruins. I invite you to spend some time looking at the great architecture and sculpting he used to create this!